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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 medical condition does Pighead have?

2. What feature on a man attracts Augusten, according to what he tells Foster in Chapter 6?

3. How long must Augusten attend AA meetings after leaving Proud Institute?

4. Who is the first patient that Kavi introduces Augusten to in Chapter 3?

5. What consequence of addiction does Augusten talk about in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Augusten find when he returns to his apartment at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

3. Why does Augusten take a cab to rehab in Chapter 3?

4. How is Greer changing for Augusten in Chapter 6?

5. Why does Augusten like the Cedar Tavern?

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

7. What are the rules governing group?

8. How do Augusten and Pighead first meet?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the counselors at Proud Institute warns Augusten that his life will have to reshape around him. She compares him to a puzzle piece that must have matching pieces to connect with. Write an essay about three components of Augusten's life and whether they reshape to match him:

Part 1) What kind of relationship do Jim and Augusten have before he attends Proud Institute? Discuss Jim's reaction to Augusten's news that he is going to rehab. What is their one interaction after Augusten is sober like? Does Jim reshape for a sober Augusten?

Part 2) What is Greer's attitude toward Augusten at the beginning of Dry, and how does it change after he returns from rehab? Describe the awkward interaction that marks their first meeting. How does Greer proceed to reshape her life for him?

Part 3) How is Augusten's relationship with Pighead different from his other relationships after rehab? To what extent does Augusten reshape himself to complement Pighead? Does this turn out to be destructive, productive, or ambiguous?

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

Augusten Burroughs' tenuous sobriety is tested by a series of hardships. From the moment he returns home, he must make choices about what he must change in his life. Write an essay about three parts of Augusten's life that prove particularly rife for temptation and how he deals with them.

Part 1) Discuss how Augusten's job in advertising is the reason he goes to rehab and how it continues to be a challenge for him after he returns. What accounts prove particularly tough for Augusten? What strange occurrences lead him to believe someone is trying to sabotage him? How does he deal with this?

Part 2) Why does Augusten have such difficulty letting Pighead into his life? Discuss what about Pighead makes him a risky acquaintance? What kind of support does Pighead give Augusten? What danger does he bring to the recovering addict?

Part 3) How is Augusten's relationship with Foster a complete violation of the rules of his recovery? What mutual danger do they bring to each other's life? Discuss how Foster's weakness hurts Augusten. What terrible kindness does he provide the protagonist after a friend's death?

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