The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the Merry Pranksters live?

2. What happens to the Pranksters when they first take the bus on a test run?

3. As the conference progresses, what becomes more interesting to Kesey?

4. What famous actress does Doris Delay resemble?

5. How does Mountain Girl change as she spends more time as a Prankster?

Short Essay Questions

1. Kesey moves his family and the Pranksters out to La Honda, California. Describe the new home.

2. Do you think Sandy would have stayed with the Pranksters if he hadn't had a bad trip?

3. What happens to the Pranksters after people hear more about their big weekend with the Angels?

4. Describe the state of mind and general condition that leads Sandy to take the Unauthorized Acid:

5. At this point, are the Pranksters losing sight of their vision? Why or why not?

6. How do the Pranksters view the Beauty Witch's descent into madness?

7. What happens to Perry Lane when Kesey and his family return following the publication of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?"

8. What does Kesey mean when he says that New York is two years behind San Francisco?

9. Why does Hartweg have such a hard time understanding what the Pranksters have filmed?

10. After the Conference, someone describes Kesey as the "Prophet King." What are Kesey and his group being compared to? Is it a valid comparison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do any of the Pranksters really know what to make of Kesey? Why do they find it so easy to follow him? Do they understand what they're doing? Or is it all fun and games for them?

Essay Topic 2

Ultimately, what was it about LSD that captivated so many people, especially during the 1960s? Do you think that people really emerged more enlightened after trying the drug?

Essay Topic 3

What did you think of Wolfe switching up writing styles throughout the book? Did it throw you off? If so, how? Is his so-called "hysterical realism" a good way to tell this story? Or did you have trouble following the narrative? Why do you think Wolfe wrote this way?

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