One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Ch. 28 Quiz

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DIRECTIONS: The passage in this quiz is followed by several questions. After reading the passage, choose the best answer to each question and circle it. You may refer to the passage as often as necessary. Then, below each question, identify the TYPE of question it is, using the descriptions we discussed, and briefly describe your strategy in coming up with the correct answer.

Chapter 28

There had been times when I’d wandered around in a daze for as long as two weeks after a shock treatment, living in that foggy, jumbled blur which is a whole lot like the ragged edge of sleep, that gray zone between light and dark, or between sleeping and waking or living and dying, where you know you’re not unconscious any more but don’t know yet what day it is or who you are of what’s the use of coming back at all—for two weeks. If you don’t have a reason to wake up you can loaf around in that gray zone for a long, fuzzy time, or if you want to bad enough I found you can come fighting right out of it. This time I came fighting out of it in less than a day, less time than ever.
And when the fog was finally swept from my head it seemed like I’d just come up after a long, deep dive, breaking the surface after being under water a hundred years. It was the last treatment they gave me.

They gave McMurphy three more treatments that week. As quick as he started coming out of one, getting the click back in his wink, Miss Ratched would arrive with the doctor and they would ask him if he felt like he was ready to come around and face up to his problem and come back to the ward for a cure. And he’d swell up, aware that every one of those faces on Disturbed had turned toward him and was waiting, and he’d tell the nurse he regretted that he had but one life to give for his country and she could kiss his rosy red ass before he’d give up the goddam ship. Yeh!

Then stand up and take a couple of bows to those guys grinning at him while the nurse led the doctor into the station to phone over to the Main Building and authorize another treatment.
Once, as she turned to walk away, he got hold of her through the back of her uniform, gave her a pinch that turned her face red as his hair. I think if the doctor hadn’t been there, hiding a grin himself, she would’ve slapped McMurphy’s face.

I tried to talk him into playing along with her so’s to get out of the treatments, but he just laughed and told me Hell, all they was doin’ was chargin’ his battery for him, free for nothing. “When I get out of here the first woman that takes on ol’ Red McMurphy the ten-thousand-watt psychopath, she’s gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars! No I ain’t scared of their little battery charger.”

He insisted it wasn’t hurting him. He wouldn’t even take his capsules. But every time that loudspeaker called for him to forgo breakfast and prepare to walk to Building One, the muscles in his jaw went taut and his whole face drained of color, looking thin and scared—the face I had seen reflected in the windshield on the trip back from the coast.
I left Disturbed at the end of the week and went back to the ward. I had a lot of things I wanted to say to him before I went, but he’d just come back from a treatment and was sitting following the ping-pong ball with his eyes like he was wired to it. The colored aide and the blond one took me downstairs and let me onto our ward and locked the


door behind me. The ward seemed awful quiet after Disturbed. I walked to our day room and for some reason stopped at the door; everybody’s face turned up to me with a different look than they’d ever given me before. Their faces lighted up as if they were looking into the glare of a sideshow platform. “Here, in front of your very eyes,” Harding spiels, “is the Wildman who broke the arm…of the black boy! Hey-ha, lookee, lookee.” I grinned back at them, realizing how McMurphy must’ve felt these months with these faces screaming up at him.
All the guys came over and wanted me to tell them everything that had happened; how was he acting up there? What was he doing? Was it true, what was being rumored over at the gym, that they’d been hitting him every day with EST and he was shrugging it off like water, makin’ book with the technicians on how long he could keep his eyes open after the poles touched.

I told them all I could, and nobody seemed to think a thing about me all of a sudden talking with people—a guy who’d been considered deaf and dumb as far back as they’d known him, talking, listening, just like anybody. I told them everything that they’d heard was true, and tossed in a few stories of my own. They laughed so hard about some of the things he’d said to the nurse that the two Vegetables under their wet sheets on the Chronics’ side grinned and snorted along with the laughter, just like they understood.

1) As it is used in line 31, the word different most nearly means:
a) surprised
b) angry
c) confused
d) excited

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2) What is the main insight suggested by the description in lines 23-26?
a) McMurphy is not being hurt by the shock treatments.
b) McMurphy is frightened of the nurse and her shock treatments.
c) McMurphy is maintaining a tough exterior, but is being worn down by the EST.
d) McMurphy is being starved because of the shock therapy.

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3) How long does Bromden spend in the Disturbed ward?
a) one week
b) one day
c) two weeks
d) he’s still there

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4) Which of the following best describe Bromden’s behavior in this passage?
a) He is overcoming his fear of the ward and EST.
b) The EST has caused him to withdraw away from McMurphy and the other patients.
c) He is still reluctant to open up to anyone other than McMurphy.
d) He is the new leader among the patients.

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5) The details and events in the passage suggest that:
a) the Big Nurse has assumed control once more of the ward.
b) Bromden is becoming more powerful.
c) McMurphy’s refusal to submit is an inspiration to the other patients.
d) the “fog” is clouding Bromden’s mind again.

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