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 is the Leary group's view of the Pranksters?

2. Where have Kesey and the Pranksters moved to?

3. Kesey, while working as a night attendant in psych ward writes what famous novel?

4. Does Kesey get to meet Leary?

5. What is "Tootling the Multitudes?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Wolfe's initial meeting with Kesey.

3. 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?

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

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

6. Have the Pranksters broken away from mainstream society?

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

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

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

10. Who is the subject of this book and why does Wolfe want to write about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think that Tom Wolfe did a good job in telling the story of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters? Did you feel that he captured the essence of these people accurately? Or was he handicapped by his lack of experience with LSD?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is fundamentally different between the Pranksters' approach to LSD and the approaches of intellectuals like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert? What were the Pranksters trying to get at that they thought the others were not? Why was that so important to the Pranksters?

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