Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patty Duke
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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. More than ten million people a year in the United States alone complain of symptoms of what?

2. Patty duke writes, "____ was the most oppressive thing about living with the Rosses."

3. How much older is Patty's brother than her?

4. In a study in Belgium, what percent of birth parents whose adopted children had manic depression had a history of mood disorders?

5. Who was Patty's first husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the effects of dealing with a parent with manic depression?

2. What is the scientific analysis of the roots of manic depression in individuals?

3. Discuss the study performed on the Amish regarding manic depression.

4. What happens after hospitalization with bipolar patients?

5. Discuss Patty's experience with the Rosses.

6. Discuss alcoholism and writers as discussed in the text.

7. What did psychotherapy help Patty learn to deal with once she was stabilized with medication?

8. How did Patty Duke feel when she was diagnosed bipolar?

9. Discuss the effects of parents who pass on manic-depression to their children.

10. What did making <i>Call Me Anna</i> cause Patty to see about manic depression and its effects on acting?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symptoms of manic-depressive illness listed early in the book. Is it possible to diagnose the disease based solely on a checklist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss Patty's episode which led to John Astin taking her to his psychiatrist in the middle of the night. How did this lead to her eventual diagnosis?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the unique style in which A Brilliant Madness is written. What about this style lends a different perspective to the study of manic-depressive illness?

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