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Augusten Burroughs
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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 personal improvement does Augusten look forward to as he flies to Proud Institute in Chapter 3?

2. What promise does Greer make to Augusten in Chapter 2 after the global brand meeting?

3. What does Augusten do with the one full bottle of Dewars in his apartment?

4. Why does Augusten want to go to Proud Institute?

5. What concern about Wendy's credentials does Augusten have when he meets her in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augusten imagine Proud Institute to be as he rides there in Chapter 3?

2. How does Augusten become acclimated to Proud Institute in Chapter 3?

3. Describe Hayden's first day at Proud Institute.

4. Why does Hayden become concerned about Augusten in Chapter 6?

5. How are Pighead and Augusten unable to connect romantically?

6. Describe the confrontation between Greer and Augusten in Chapter 2.

7. How does Augusten attempt to mask his drinking at the beginning of Chapter 2?

8. How do the Faberge clients regard Augusten in Chapter 2?

9. Why does Augusten agree to go to rehab in Chapter 2?

10. What is unusual about Augusten Burroughs' childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After leaving the Proud Institute, Augusten discovers that the road to lifelong sobriety involves lifelong participation. He expects that the hard work is finished after his first thirty days, but the counselor presents a detailed portrait of the therapy that awaits him. Write an essay about the continued work he must do, and how he fairs with it.

Part 1) Augusten's counselor tells him that he should attend a group therapy twice weekly in addition to two weekly one-on-ones with a therapist. What rules are associated with these sessions? How do these rules complicate Augusten's life? What guidance does Wendy give him, and does he follow it?

Part 2) How often does Augusten think a person is supposed to go to AA after leaving rehab, and how often is recommended to him by his counselor in Proud? In what ways does AA turn out to be different from the image he had of it when he was drinking? Why does he stop attending meetings?

Part 3) Discuss why a recovering addict is encouraged not to make any major life changes for one year after becoming sober. What does this include? How do Augusten's failures provide an illustration as to why this is the case? What changes does he make, and how do they catalyze his relapse?

Essay Topic 2

Augusten's past haunts him as he struggles with sobriety. While Burroughs never tries to assign definitive blame for his alcohol issues, but he makes clear that a past full of abuse and neglect must have some effect. Write an essay about three people from his past. What memories of this person haunt Augusten? What present neuroses could they explain?

Part 1) His father

Part 2) Neil Bookman

Part 3) His mother

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay charting the progression of Augusten's relapse in Dry. What components of his life after Proud Institute make the possibility of relapse more likely? How does Augusten toy with the idea of taking a drink several times before actually doing it? What is the final straw? Discuss how Augusten's eventual relapse creates a far more volatile habit of consumption and accelerates his journey to bottom.

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