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. What keeps the Pranksters together?

2. What does MDT stand for?

3. How was Kesey's novel received?

4. What do the Pranksters learn at a beach in New Orleans?

5. Is the intersubjectivity for the group the same on the bus and off the bus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What starts to annoy the other Pranksters about Kesey at this point in their story?

5. Kesey compares this time in American History to what other time in ancient history?

6. What do the Pranksters believe about people living the 'straight life?'

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

8. By the end of the Unitarian conference, the younger Unitarians are so taken with the Pranksters, what do they do?

9. Why do outsiders want to get in with the Pranksters?

10. What distracts Wolfe when he is trying to listen to Hassler explain what the Pranksters mean when they talk about the games the straight world is caught up in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was your reaction to the gang-rape of the woman by the Hell's Angels at the Pranksters' party? What did you think of the way Wolfe portrayed this scene?

Essay Topic 2

One of the recurring themes in this story is control. Specifically, Kesey's need to have control of the Pranksters and the situations in which he found himself. Starting with the bus, which was apparently Babb's original idea, how does Kesey continually assert his control over the group? Why do you think he needs this control? What does it say about him?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think the mixed, almost bad reviews of Sometimes a Great Nation hurt Kesey? Or did he sincerely believe that the bus was a new art form? What does he mean when he points to the bus and suggests it's a totally new art form?

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