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acrawl: crawling or swarming with
appraise: to evaluate the worth or merit of something
bald: lacking a natural covering
bosun: boatswain, a petty officer on a ship in charge of the hull
brads: slender nails with barrel-shaped heads
cormorants: greedy, grasping persons (in context)
decipher: to decode, to make out the meaning of
‘dobe: slang adobe, a building material of sun-dried earth and straw
flails: tools used for separating seed from a plant by hand
Hiawatha: the Native American hero of Henry Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha, based on a real person
hovel: a small, simple, and usually unpleasant dwelling
hydroelectric: of or relating to production of electricity by waterpower
Indigents: those defined by their neediness and poverty
leering: looking at something or someone in an unpleasant, particularly lewd or lustful, way
lurch: abrupt uncontrolled movement
muskmelons: sweet edible melons with a musky odor
parched: very thirsty
pullet: a young hen
puny: small and weak
Rorschach: the Rorschach Test, a psychological test developed by Hermann Rorschach, in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are analyzed
shimmy: a kind of jazz dance move where one shakes the body from the shoulders down
sods: the parts of an adobe house specifically made of earth held together by straw
squalor: a state of being filthy or unpleasant as a result of neglect or poverty
turret: a small tower, often on top of another tower (used figuratively)
twitch: slang a derogatory term for a woman who uses sex for personal gain
woebegone: being in a sorry, woeful state
1. Why does McMurphy punch the glass the second time?
His request for an accompanied pass with Candy Starr, a prostitute, is denied.
2. List two ways the other Acutes begin to follow McMurphy’s lead.
Harding flirts with the nursing students, Billy Bibbit stops informing on others in the log book, and Martini breaks the just-repaired glass window with a basketball.
3. When the Chief thinks to himself “I had to keep on acting deaf if I wanted to hear at all,” what does he mean?
The Chief knows that his deafness allows him access to private conversations, because people would not be as open around him if they believed he could hear them. He will lose his invisibility by regaining his speech and hearing. He also thinks the Nurse will kill him if she finds out that he can hear, and a dead person cannot hear.
4. Describe the Chief’s memory of being ignored by the white visitors to his boyhood home.
The Chief recalls that the visitors were racist; they either assumed he did not understand what they were saying, or they did not care because he did not count. There were three visitors, and they insulted the Chief, his family, and their way of life right in front of him. They also discussed manipulating the Chief’s father by turning his wife, the town, and the tribal community against him. Importantly, the scheme was the idea of the female member of the party.
5. How does McMurphy get the Chief to speak? Why might the Chief feel inspired to speak?
McMurphy makes the Chief laugh by singing a silly song about gum. Once the Chief has let down his guard, McMurphy offers him gum, and the Chief thanks him, speaking for the first time in years.
6. Why does...
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