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 famous literary figures show up at the Pranksters' party in New York?

2. What does Wolfe compare Kesey and the Pranksters to?

3. What is Perry Lane?

4. What happens to Sandy in this part of the story?

5. Kesey enters Perry Lane initially as a writer but eventually becomes what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of the Bladder Totem?

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

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

8. Describe Wolfe's initial meeting with Kesey.

9. What happens when Kesey and Kerouac meet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wolfe writes extensively in the chapter "Dream Wars" about the Pranksters' trip back to California and specifically, about Sandy's bad trips and paranoia. Is Wolfe a fair observer of what's unfolding in this chapter? Or, is he insensitive to Sandy's hardships? How does Wolfe view Kesey and the rest of the Pranksters and their reactions to Sandy's bad trips?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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