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

2. What did Deborah contemplate doing following Nancy's death?

3. What medical condition did Frank's parents suffer while Nancy was at the residential facility?

4. Who lived around the corner from Nancy's first pediatrician?

5. What marital problems did the Spungens encounter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Deborah upset with Nancy's treatment at the Lakeside Campus?

2. Describe Nancy's temper tantrums as a toddler and how people handled them differently.

3. How did doctors respond to Deborah when she voiced concern over Nancy's medical issues as an infant?

4. What did Deborah do for work when David started nursery school?

5. How did Nancy react when her sister was born?

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

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

8. Why was Nancy arrested in Colorado, and how did her parents rescue her?

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

10. How was Nancy's behavior after the birth of her brother different than her actions after her sister was born? What does this suggest about her behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that examines how Frank and Nancy Spungen were often blamed for Nancy's troubles. In your response, answer the following questions:

1) How did the medical community blame the Spungens? Cite specific examples.

2) How did the school system blame the Spungens? Cite specific examples.

3) How did the legal system, both before and after Nancy's death, blame the Spungens? Cite specific examples.

4) In what ways did the Spungens blame themselves for Nancy's troubles?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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