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. What did Patty Duke's father call her as a child?

2. What is the term for "mild ups and downs"?

3. How many genes does a person have?

4. How old was Patty's father when he died?

5. Duke writes in Chapter 1 that as her episodes increased with frequency they also increased with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Patty remember of her mother as a child? Where was Patty relocated during her childhood?

2. Discuss Patty's experience with the Rosses.

3. How can doctors distinguish between unipolar and bipolar depression?

4. When did Patty experience her first manic episodes? What led up to this?

5. How did Patty approach her diagnosis with her children, given the genetic factors? What was their reaction?

6. When did Patty's symptoms appear in her life? What were they?

7. Describe Patty Duke's father.

8. Who was Patty Duke's mother? What was the cause of her depression?

9. What side effect of lithium causes a strong reaction to Patty Duke when hearing of it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In examining a patient's family, what indicators point to the possibility of manic depression as a diagnosis?

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