Completely rewritten & expanded July 2011
Study Guides: Here are nineteen student Study Guides for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Each study guide is one to two pages in length, and includes a section of easy, comprehension-level questions and then a more thought-provoking set of analysis questions. The analysis questions will, for the most part, require some time, some thought, and some short, essay-style answers. There are also nineteen quizzes and discussion prompt documents that you can use as answer keys for the study guides. (The study guides and the quizzes are reformatted versions of the same documents to be used in different ways and settings.)
These Study Guides make for great homework assignments, great in-class group assignments, great individual class-time assignments, or great pre-discussion assignments. I typically have students complete these at home, and then use the analysis prompts to guide us through an in-class discussion. This way, the students have worked over the ideas and have something to say.
There are also nineteen combination chapter Quizzes and Discussion Prompts: these sets of quiz and discussion prompts are to be used verbally. There are, of course, many ways to use such prompts, but for the record, here's how I use them. I assign reading, either in class or as homework. At the start of the next day's period, I verbally recite the quiz questions, or at least three of them. Students write their answers on binder paper. Then, students trade papers and I recite the answers. There are sometimes negotiations and debates about the answers and sometimes I allow for a student to add something to the answer key. Then, I read the discussion prompts to the students, all at once, so they can process them for a few moments. Finally, we proceed through the questions one-by-one. Sometimes I skip questions; sometimes I add questions. Go ahead and alter things to suit your needs. The purpose of the quiz questions is to assess the level of student reading and student comprehension. And, let's be honest, to make students accountable for the reading assignments. I want to be clear: the quiz questions are not analytical, but the discussion prompts are. The quiz questions have the answers written immediately under the questions. Again, this is a verbal quiz. You cannot hand these out. If you don't like verbal quizzes, use the study guides instead--see above. Note: combination Quizzes and Discussion Guides and the Study Guides are reformatted versions of the same documents; you will want to use one or the other, but not both.
I also sell a complete unit for this novel that includes these Study Guides and Quizzes.