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. Why does Kesey want to document the road trip?

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

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

4. Who do the Pranksters invite to La Honda?

5. Through a long quote by Joachim Wach, how does the author describe Kesey and company?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Pranksters and the Angels similar? How are they different?

2. What happens when Kesey and Kerouac meet?

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

4. Why does Kesey refuse to tell people that they should STOP taking LSD?

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

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

7. Why do the Leary followers dislike the Pranksters?

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

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

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

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

Talk about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Why did Kesey write the story? How did this novel change his life?

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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