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. How do Kesey and his crew travel?

2. Who are the Young Turks?

3. What is Perry Lane?

4. Who is most likely to understand Kesey and the Merry Pranksters?

5. What drink is in the bus fridge and laced with LSD?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Wolfe's initial meeting with Kesey.

2. After everything Wolfe had heard and researched about Kesey, when he finally meets him in jail, what does Kesey stress the most?

3. How is Kesey's second novel, Sometimes a Great Nation, received? How does Kesey react to the reviews?

4. What was the original plan for the road trip to the east coast?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the final disappointment the Pranksters experience at Millbrook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the chapter "Cloud," we see the business side of LSD. How are Owsley and the Mad Chemist different? Is Owsley a visionary? Or is he just a shrewd businessman?

Essay Topic 2

What happens to Beauty Witch? And what are your thoughts on how the Pranksters reacted to her madness? Did you think they were fair? Honest? Insensitive?

Essay Topic 3

In the first chapter of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe starts off first by talking about what he has heard about Ken Kesey, and then recounts his first meeting with the LSD guru. He also mentions meeting some of the other Merry Pranksters including Mountain Girl and Neal Cassady. Talk about the tone that Wolfe sets for the book from the start, and his style of writing, and whether this writing style is effective in capturing the story of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

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