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. Did Clair know what she was drinking when she went to the warehouse?

2. How does Kesey explain his philosophy about the war?

3. Who ordered a search of Puerto Vallarta after reports surfaced of Kesey's whereabouts?

4. What does Kesey plan to do to wreck the psychedelic movement once and for all?

5. Who is coming to San Francisco in September 1965?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. After Zonker receives a telegram informing the group that the suicide note scheme didn't work, who spreads news that Kesey is in Mexico?

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

5. Is it ironic that Kesey goes to the U.S. Consulate, isn't ironic and even gets money from one of the staff?

6. For all the things that Kesey hates about Mexico, at this point he discovers a very different side of the country and its people. What does he discover?

7. What is Kesey's response to an imminent arrest?

8. Why do you think Wolfe wrote this chapter in this free-verse style?

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

10. What happens to Kesey during the electrical storm on the beach?

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

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 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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