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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. What university does Jamison receive a federal grant to attend?
2. What poet does Jamison think of when she is walking through the university gardens?
3. What is manic depression also known as?
4. What does Jamison join in 1974?
5. Which of the following composers does the orchestra not play?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Jamison mood swings affect her at college?
2. Describe the depressive extreme of Jamison's mood disorder.
3. What reason does Jamison give for not getting on with her sister?
4. How does David help Jamison get over a depressive episode?
5. How does Jamison's disorder affect her home life?
6. How does Jamison's brother save her life in chapter 5?
7. What does Jamison discover in chapter 6 when a bright young lawyer kills himself?
8. How does Jamison manage to simplify her life?
9. Why can Jamison not go to a Ivy League school?
10. What is Jamison's opinion of using medication to treat depressive disorders?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Using examples from the book discuss the reasons why manic depression is connected with creativity.
Essay Topic 2
Examine Jamison's writing style. How would you describe her prose style? What kind of vocabulary does she use? Does she use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Jamison's style give to her story?
Essay Topic 3
Write a 500-word essay revolving around one of the following statements:
1) By connecting manic depression to creativity there is a danger Jamison could romanticize the illness.
2) Jamison's recovery from her illness occurred at a time when most people begin to develop emotional maturity.
3) Jamison is often too subjective and fails to address the fact medication may not benefit everybody.
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