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. Do the Grateful Dead agree to play at this big party?

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

3. Kesey moves with his family to:

4. How does one pass the acid test?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. How does Mountain Girl manage to get off with just a fine for the marijuana charges against her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many critics call The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test a "classic." Why do you think this book is called that? Do you agree?

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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