Dry Test | Final Test - Hard

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 items of clothing is Augusten embarrassed to buy in Chapter 8?

2. What does Augusten do after talking to Pighead's brother on the phone in Chapter 13?

3. What specific request do the Wiksam make regarding their ad campaign in Chapter 8?

4. What role for Pighead does Augusten take over in Chapter 12?

5. In Chapter 8, what does Augusten discover Foster is still doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sort of harassment is Augusten facing at work?

2. Describe Augusten and Pighead's interaction at the beginning of Chapter 7.

3. Why is dinner with the Nazi in Chapter 10 nearly unbearable for Augusten?

4. Why is Augusten's relationship with Foster a problem from the beginning?

5. What news does Hayden give Augusten in Chapter 12?

6. By Chapter 12, how has Augusten and Pighead's relationship changed?

7. What do Wendy and Augusten discuss in Chapter 11?

8. What is Augusten's attitude toward his mother?

9. What positive events happen to Augusten in Chapter 9?

10. Describe the commercial shoot in Chapter 10.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augusten Burroughs' perception of self changes several times over the course of his memoir Dry. This is a reflection of the major life changes he goes through. Write an essay about the three changes in self-perception Augusten has over the course of the novel:

Part 1) How does Augusten see himself in the days leading up to his intervention? Discuss why he believes he is fooling people about the extent of his drinking. How does he slowly come to terms with the fact that he is not a charming lush? What does he realize about his habits?

Part 2) What changes in Augusten's life make sobriety one of several concerns in his life rather than the central concern? Discuss the events that make him suddenly not care if he remains sober and healthy? How does he change his habits as a result of this?

Part 3) What change occurs in Augusten's self-regard that suddenly makes him want to become sober again? How is self-preservation play a major role in this shift? What is Augusten's sense of self at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Foster and his role in the novel. Describe Foster, his life, and how he appears when he first enters Augusten's orbit. Is there ever a point at which Foster is in control of his addiction? How does he become as addicting to the protagonist as any chemical? What is Foster's contribution to Augusten's final collapse into relapse?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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