And I Don't Want to Live This Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Deborah Spungen
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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. How did Nancy feel when she had to leave college?

2. The director of the psychiatric clinic suspected that Nancy suffered from _____________.

3. Who was Mrs. Taylor?

4. Why did Nancy have to leave college after just a few months?

5. What kind of car did Nancy's mom let her use when she came home from college?

Short Essay Questions

1. What medical issues did Nancy face when she was first born?

2. Why did Nancy get angry with her mother when she bought a box of Saran Wrap? What did she do in response?

3. Why did Deborah feel so bonded to Nancy when she was first born?

4. What did Nancy do in New York to defy her parents, and how did they react?

5. What did Dr. Blake's evaluation of Nancy say was the root of her problems? How did this make the Spungens feel?

6. How did Deborah's mother feel about her pregnancy with Nancy?

7. Why did the Spungens want Suzy and Nancy to share a room and what happened?

8. How did Nancy's relationship with Jeff improve her behavior?

9. In what ways did Nancy control the house as a small child?

10. What was Nancy's final year at Lakeside like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that describes how the Spungens were treated by people after Nancy's murder. In your response, be sure to explain the roles of the police, coroner, district attorney, and the press. How was this treatment a pattern in the Spungens' constant search to do right by their daughter? How have their reactions to this treatment changed since Nancy's birth?

Essay Topic 2

How did Nancy's behavior affect her family? In your response, explain the following:

1) Nancy's relationship with her parents (separately and together)

2) Influences and relationship with her siblings

3) Expense of treatments, special schools, etc

4) Ways that Nancy's behavior prevented the family from living a "normal" life.

Essay Topic 3

What were Deborah Spungen's motivations for writing this book? In your essay, answer the following questions:

1) What did Deborah want people to know about Nancy?

2) How did the media attention stemming from Nancy's death affect Deborah's decision?

3) What lessons can the reader learn from the Spungens' experiences (trying to get Nancy the help she needed, drugs, etc)?

4) How did writing this book help Deborah Spungen come to terms with Nancy's life and death?

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