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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Lisa Shilling's mental condition continues to deteriorate, how do her classmates respond?
(a) They generally are cruel to her.
(b) They generally avoid her.
(c) They make fun of her.
(d) They tease her little sister about it.

2. The first person that Mary Nell Fickett confided in about Lisa Shilling's possible mental illness was...
(a) Betsy Goodman.
(b) Neil Donovan.
(c) Elizabeth Frazer.
(d) Mrs. Shilling.

3. 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?
(a) Elizabeth Frazer.
(b) Mary Nell Fickett.
(c) Lisa Shilling.
(d) Betsy Goodman.

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

5. According to the narrator, Jeremy Bernstein's primary job function is...
(a) Trying to help drug addicts stop abusing drugs.
(b) Helping graduating students pick three colleges to receive their transcripts.
(c) Parking cars at the country club that Mr. Shilling frequents.
(d) Making sure that students attend their courses and arrive to school on time.

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

7. According to the narrator, who is the cutest boy in school?
(a) Paul Newman.
(b) Ben Goodman.
(c) Brian Morris.
(d) Neil Donovan.

8. While Mary Nell Fickett talks to Mrs. Shilling about Lisa Shilling, Betsy Goodman talks to whom?
(a) Mr. Milne.
(b) Mr. Fickett.
(c) Mr. Bernstein.
(d) Mr. Shilling.

9. The novel begins with a recalled conversation between Lisa Shilling and her parents. Which of Lisa's acquaintances is present for the conversation?
(a) Elizabeth Frazer.
(b) Betsy Goodman.
(c) Mary Nell Fickett.
(d) Brian Morris.

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

11. When Betsy Goodman and Mary Nell Fickett finally tell Lisa Shilling that the know she is mentally ill, Lisa Shilling responds by...
(a) Denying anything is wrong.
(b) Attacking them with a knife.
(c) Asking how they think they can help.
(d) Telling them they are out of line.

12. The novel is set in what U.S. State?
(a) New Jersey.
(b) New York.
(c) Connecticut.
(d) Georgia.

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

14. After Lisa Shilling's self-mutilation episode at school, Jeremy Bernstein diagnoses Lisa's condition as...
(a) Paranoia.
(b) Schizophrenia.
(c) Psychosis.
(d) Tension.

15. When the narrator describes her mother as a "joiner" (p. 31) what does she mean?
(a) She's using a slang word of the 1960s meaning her mother is not very cool.
(b) Her mother belongs to a social club known as the Joiners.
(c) Her mother constructs articles by joining pieces of wood.
(d) Her mother likes to join various organizations.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mr. Bernstein refuses to talk to Mr. Shilling about Lisa Shilling's mental condition because...

2. Whom does the narrator describe as being enthusiastic but not very practical?

3. Lisa Shilling's conversation with her parents opens the novel. After that conversation what does Lisa do?

4. Where do Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, and Lisa Shilling first meet for an impromptu group therapy session?

5. Betsy Goodman asks Jeremy Bernstein about Lisa Shilling's mental illness. Bernstein responds by...

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