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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey - Barron's Booknotes
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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 1

_____ 1. A clever technique employed by Ken Kesey is

A. the telling of his story through dialogue
B. the selection of symbolic names for each character
C. the use of Chief Bromden as a narrator

_____ 2. The opening line of the novel, "They're out there"
displays

A. McMurphy's distinction between Good and Evil
B. the Chief's paranoia
C. Nurse Ratched's vision of the patients as subhumans

_____ 3. The name which Bromden assigns to organized
society is

A. Machine
B. Combine
C. Strait-jacket

_____ 4. Nurse Ratched's fog machine is equated with

A. the Chief's state of confusion
B. McMurphy's ability to cloud the issues
C. Dale Harding's total helplessness

_____ 5. The best way to survive in the ward is to

A. flatter Nurse Ratched
B. conform
C. pay off the orderlies



_____ 6. McMurphy stands out in the ward because he

A. has retained his individuality
B. entered voluntarily
C. relishes the challenge of Nurse Ratched

_____ 7. The patients see themselves as

A. rabbits
B. condemned men
C. victims of the technological revolution

_____ 8. In failing to lift the control panel, McMurphy

A. manages to win the confidence of the inmates
B. demonstrates that he cannot be trusted
C. smashes the Chief's dream of freedom

_____ 9. The first "uprising" of the patients occurs in the

A. protest over the gambling
B. television incident
C. initial Group Therapy session

_____ 10. Ken Kesey's fondness for symbolism is seen in his
use of the

I. dog on the lawn
II. geese flying south
III. rat in the trap

A. I and II only
B. I and III only
C. II and III only

11. In a letter to a friend, Kesey stated that point of view "truly
is the most important problem in writing." Describe the ways in
which having One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest written from
Chief Bromden's point of view influences the novel.

12. Describe the nature of the Combine.

13. Who stand victorious at the novel's end?

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