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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 does Goldhill urge Kesey to stop telling people?

2. Kesey says he wants everyone to do their thing and be Pranksters, but he also wants them to be:

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

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

5. What does Kesey do on stage that makes the Unitarians gasp?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did you think of Kesey's re-entry into the U.S.?

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

3. Is it ironic that Kesey wants to leave the Beatles concert before the crowd gets out of control?

4. After Stark Naked goes mad and has to leave the group, the purpose of the trip and the documentary become clearer. What is that purpose?

5. Have the Pranksters broken away from mainstream society?

6. What did you think when Kesey returns to La Honda after the concert and finds up to 400 people there?

7. Once again we see how Kesey controls the group. Describe how he does it this time at Muir Beach?

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

9. When Kesey returns to California, he's in a strange state of mind. He says he's in the cops movie now. Does Kesey believe he's going to be captured?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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