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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 stands at the center of the Hall at the Trips Festival?
2. Where do the Pranksters agree to make a secret rendez-vous in Mexico?
3. Who ordered a search of Puerto Vallarta after reports surfaced of Kesey's whereabouts?
4. What do some Pranksters think of Babbs's leadership style?
5. Kesey moves with his family to:
Short Essay Questions
1. What is it about the Red Tide that is so bothersome?
2. How does Mountain Girl manage to get off with just a fine for the marijuana charges against her?
3. In reading this chapter, what did you think of Kesey's attempt at having a final graduation?
4. Did Kesey seem to know his fate all along his LSD-Pranksters journey?
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. What were your thoughts about the Pranksters giving laced Kool-Aid to people without telling them what was in the drink?
7. Why do you think Wolfe wrote this chapter in this free-verse style?
8. Why did the Pranksters and their followers fall apart after Kesey's trial?
9. What is Kesey's response to an imminent arrest?
10. Do you think that Kesey went on his bizarre rant on stage because the Pranksters arrived late to the the anti-war rally with little reception?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Wolfe writes extensively in the chapter "Dream Wars" about the Pranksters' trip back to California and specifically, about Sandy's bad trips and paranoia. Is Wolfe a fair observer of what's unfolding in this chapter? Or, is he insensitive to Sandy's hardships? How does Wolfe view Kesey and the rest of the Pranksters and their reactions to Sandy's bad trips?
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