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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. How does Augusten know he is still drunk when he wakes up in Chapter 2?

2. What line of work is Augusten in in New York?

3. In chapter 4, what personal reaction to reading his letter in group surprises Augusten?

4. In Chapter 5, what drink does Augusten joke to Pighead is not really alcohol?

5. In Chapter 6, what does Wendy suggest Augusten do when he is tempted to meet someone at a bar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What terrible details of his profession does Jim tell Augusten in Chapter 1?

3. How did Augusten Burroughs find his way to New York?

4. How do Augusten and Pighead first meet?

5. What happens at the global brand meeting in Chapter 2?

6. Describe Pighead's relationship with Augusten.

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

8. What is unusual about Augusten Burroughs' childhood?

9. What post-Proud plan does Rae lay out for Augusten in Chapter 4?

10. How does Augusten meet Foster in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For Augusten Burroughs, the willingness to accept the love of another person, and to give love in return, is an ambiguous choice. Indeed, there are only two individuals that Augusten lets into his heart, as it were. Write about each of these individuals. Why is it initially impossible to form a real healthy relationship? How does sexuality prove intensely destructive to both men and Augusten? Why does Augusten part ways with each?

Part 1) Pighead

Part 2) Foster

Essay Topic 2

Pighead begins Dry as an estranged friend of the protagonist and ends it as a guardian angel. Write an essay about Pighead's trajectory in the novel. How did he and Augusten first meet, and why are they estranged when Augusten goes into rehab? Discuss how their relationship develops as Pighead's health declines. Why is Pighead largely responsible both for AUgusten's relapse and decision to return to rehab?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the novel, Augusten Burroughs is clearly an advertising prodigy. Write an essay in which you discuss how Augusten made his way in New York's advertising world. How old was he when he was hired, and what kind of early success did he have? Discuss how this image of a young prodigy was instrumental in his developing an unchecked addiction? How was someone like Greer an enabler in this respect?

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