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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey

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1. What physical feature does Nurse Ratched try to conceal?

2. Why did Nurse Ratched hire the three black aides?

3. What animals does McMurphy compare the patients to?

4. What animals does Harding compare the patients to?

5. What pattern covers McMurphy’s boxer shorts?

6. Which character is a closeted homosexual?

7. Which patient has been on the ward the longest?

8. How does Rawler, a patient on Disturbed, commit suicide?

9. Which of the following symbolizes Bromden’s insanity?

10. What is the reward for snitching on a fellow patient?

11. What is McMurphy’s first complaint to Nurse Ratched?

12. What ailment do Sefelt and Fredrickson suffer from?

13. Why does Doctor Spivey drive the patients and accompany them on the fishing trip?

14. Which character, a former seaman, captains the fishing boat?

15. What is McMurphy’s excuse for breaking through the glass of the Nurses’ Station?

16. What important information does the lifeguard give McMurphy?

17. Which of Nurse Ratched’s patients dies in the novel?

18. What punishment do McMurphy and Bromden receive for fighting with the aides?

19. What does McMurphy do to Nurse Ratched after Billy commits suicide?

20. Why doesn’t Harding want to escape with McMurphy?

21. How does Chief Bromden leave the hospital?

22. How does Charles Cheswick die?

23. What might the white whales on McMurphy’s boxers symbolize?

24. Which event symbolizes that Bromden is regaining his sense of self?

25. Who eventually kills McMurphy?

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