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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Betsy Goodman states that she is...
(a) Near-sighted.
(b) Paralyzed from the waist down.
(c) Deaf.
(d) Mute.

2. The first person to suspect that perhaps Lisa Shilling did have a mental illness was...
(a) Mr. Shilling.
(b) Mrs. Shilling.
(c) Betsy Goodman.
(d) Mary Nell Fickett.

3. Mary Nell Fickett explains how she intends to help Lisa Shilling--she refers to the process as...
(a) Therapy-ize.
(b) Mesmerize.
(c) Psychoanalyze.
(d) Hypnotize.

4. Just after Brian Morris breaks up with her, Lisa Shilling begins to befriend which major character?
(a) Neil Donovan.
(b) Betsy Goodman.
(c) Mary Nell Fickett.
(d) Elizabeth Frazer.

5. Lisa Shilling's conversation with her parents opens the novel. After that conversation what does Lisa do?
(a) Moves out of the house to live with her boyfriend.
(b) Goes shopping with her friends.
(c) Lays on her bead and smashes her head against the headboard.
(d) Goes to school and flunks her English test.

6. When Lisa Shilling first tells her father that she thinks she might be going crazy, he tells her...
(a) That she should drink more coffee.
(b) That she's seen too many movies.
(c) That Shillings don't go crazy.
(d) That she should visit with a psychiatrist.

7. Elizabeth Frazer agrees to try to help Lisa Shilling...
(a) If she [Elizabeth] gets paid for her time.
(b) If Lisa will do Elizabeth's homework for a month.
(c) Without any conditions.
(d) If she [Elizabeth] can date Brian Morris.

8. Where do Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, and Lisa Shilling first meet for an impromptu group therapy session?
(a) At a popular diner.
(b) At the Long Island public library.
(c) At the Ficketts' house.
(d) At the Shillings' house.

9. Why does Lisa wait until her friend is present to talk about a serious medical condition with her parents?
(a) The medical condition is about her friend.
(b) She hopes that her friend will act as a witness.
(c) She wants her friend to pay for the treatment.
(d) The medical condition was caused by her friend.

10. What sport does Brian Morris play?
(a) Hockey.
(b) Lacrosse.
(c) Rugby.
(d) Football.

11. Which major character says "'No matter what you decide to do, I won't be able to help you very much'" (p. 48)?
(a) Lisa Shilling.
(b) Elizabeth Frazer.
(c) Betsy Goodman.
(d) Mary Nell Fickett.

12. After Lisa Shilling's self-mutilation episode at school, her parents performed what action?
(a) They filed a lawsuit against the school.
(b) They sent Lisa alone to Florida for six weeks.
(c) They filed a restraining order against Brian Morris.
(d) They incarcerated Lisa in a mental institution.

13. The narrator compares her newly-built school to her old school and notes that both schools have the same...
(a) Color of blackboards.
(b) Tuna fish sandwiches every Friday.
(c) Type of indirect lighting.
(d) Style of lockers.

14. Betsy Goodman asks Jeremy Bernstein about Lisa Shilling's mental illness. Bernstein responds by...
(a) Saying he will take over Lisa's therapy.
(b) Telling Betsy to focus on her schoolwork and leave Lisa alone.
(c) Suggesting Betsy is doing more harm than good.
(d) Saying Betsy won't be able to help but offering to lend Betsy some books.

15. What trait is referred to in the novel as "'Locust Valley Lockjaw'" (p. 30)?
(a) Refusing to say something bad about someone.
(b) Refusing to apologize for anything.
(c) Talking without moving your mouth.
(d) Refusing to eat insects.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mary Nell Fickett and Betsy Goodman compile a list of psychological conditions including paranoia, schizophrenia, split-personality, and paranoia. To whom do they think this list applies?

2. Betsy Goodman believes that as an adult she will be great at being...

3. The novel is set in what U.S. State?

4. Which character begins the novel with a goal to be the first woman justice on the Supreme Court and ends the novel contemplating a career in psychology?

5. Betsy Goodman says her father calls "choosing what you want to hear and concentrating only on that" (p. 18) by the phrase...

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