The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test Test | Final 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 are people disappointed in Kesey after the trial?

2. What do some Pranksters think of Babbs's leadership style?

3. How does Mountain Girl appear in court?

4. Many people in the area think the Pranksters are from:

5. Despite his odd behavior and paranoia, what does Black Maria think of Kesey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about the Red Tide that is so bothersome?

2. 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?

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

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

5. In reading this chapter, what did you think of Kesey's attempt at having a final graduation?

6. Do you think the Vietnam Day Committee understood what they were doing by inviting Kesey to speak?

7. What were your thoughts about the Pranksters giving laced Kool-Aid to people without telling them what was in the drink?

8. Is it ironic that Owsley, who makes LSD, has a such a bad trip that he 'fails' the acid test?

9. Why do you think Kesey denies Sandy the Ampex?

10. Did Kesey seem to know his fate all along his LSD-Pranksters journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was your reaction to the gang-rape of the woman by the Hell's Angels at the Pranksters' party? What did you think of the way Wolfe portrayed this scene?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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