An Unquiet Mind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who insists Jamison has to stay on lithium?

2. Which member of her family does Jamison say she adores?

3. What does lithium force Jamison to give up?

4. Which American poet does Jamison reference in this chapter?

5. What does Jamison say takes hours to do when she is depressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jamison describe her early childhood years?

2. How does Jamison feel about her disorder?

3. What kind of work does Jamison decide to go into after graduate school?

4. What reason does Jamison give for connecting manic depressives with creativity?

5. What indications are there that there is history of manic depression in Jamison's family?

6. What happens to Jamison as she is walking through a garden campus in chapter 2?

7. Describe the manic extreme of Jamison's mood disorder.

8. Why does Jamison admire her older brother?

9. Why does Jamison start reading children's books?

10. How does Jamison's first visit to a psychiatric hospital affect her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An Unquiet Mind was written in 1995. Choose one of the following options and discuss how psychiatry's ideas have developed since then.

1) The use of lithium.

2) Bi-polar as a genetically inherited illness.

3) Links between bi-polar and creativity.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way Jamison uses other people in the story to express her ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book discuss the reasons why manic depression is connected with creativity.

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