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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. Kesey decides to return to the U.S. through what entry point?
2. Do all of the Pranksters think giving out laced Kool-Aid without telling people is a good idea?
3. In an interview with the Chronicle, Kesey says he intends to:
4. How much time does Kesey serve?
5. What happens to Kesey on the rooftop of Stewart Brand's building in San Francisco?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Kesey's response to an imminent arrest?
2. Why do you think the Mexicans greet the Pranksters with "Diablo!"
3. Wolfe writes, "To Kesey, it was a hopeless flea-bitten desert he was fleeing into." What are some of the other descriptions Kesey uses to portray Mexico?
4. What happens to Kesey during the electrical storm on the beach?
5. Why do you think Babbs moves the acid tests to Los Angeles?
6. What is it about the Red Tide that is so bothersome?
7. Why do you think Kesey denies Sandy the Ampex?
8. 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?
9. Where is Kesey and what is he doing at the end of this story?
10. Although nothing happens with the Mexican undercover agent, what does his presence make the Pranksters realize?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Do you think the mixed, almost bad reviews of Sometimes a Great Nation hurt Kesey? Or did he sincerely believe that the bus was a new art form? What does he mean when he points to the bus and suggests it's a totally new art form?
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
The Pranksters often talk about the outside world, the 'straight world.' In this chapter, however, when Wolfe asks Hassler to define what the Pranksters mean by the games the straight world plays, Hassler struggles to define it. What is Wolfe saying about this group and their beliefs?
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