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 Dr. Cott treat schizophrenics?

2. Why was Deborah hospitalized shortly after the birth of her son?

3. What was the name of the supervisor in the second unit?

4. What high school event did Nancy attend wearing a new dress?

5. What was the name of the elderly couple that watched Nancy in the residential facility?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Nancy declare to her parents in Chapter 12 about her death?

2. What was the Darlington Institute?

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

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

5. What did the neurologist find when he tested Nancy at her allergist's recommendation?

6. How did Nancy's time at the Lakeside Campus of the Darlington school system change her behavior?

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

8. What did David and Suzy reveal to the parents about their own drug use?

9. How did the media and press affect Deborah's grief?

10. How did Dr. Cott disappoint Nancy and Deborah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In this essay, students will explain how the media treated the Spungens before and after Nancy's death.

1) What inquiries did the media make about Nancy while she was alive?

2) Why were the press interested in Nancy and how did she feel about the media attention?

3) How did the media treat the Spungens after Nancy's death?

4) To what extent did the media go to get ore information about Nancy?

5) How did the Spungens react to the media's attention?

Essay Topic 3

This book is a biography. How would Nancy change her story if she told it? Choose one chapter from the book. Rewrite it as though it were an autobiography. Your response should include all the events, people, and places Deborah describes in the chapter but from Nancy's point of view. Keep in mind Nancy's personality, thoughts about people and places, and how her point of view is different from her mother's.

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