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. What sign do the Pranksters put up at La Honda?

2. Where is the bus?

3. How much does the Trips Festival gross in three days?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Babbs moves the acid tests to Los Angeles?

2. 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?

3. Although nothing happens with the Mexican undercover agent, what does his presence make the Pranksters realize?

4. Following the success of the Trips Festival, what does Bill Graham do?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. Where is Kesey and what is he doing at the end of this story?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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