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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After Lisa Shilling walks through a floor-to-ceiling window and is taken to the hospital, Mr. Goodman, Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, and Elizabeth Frazer all attempt to convince Mrs. Shilling that Lisa's actions were a cry for help. How does Mrs. Shilling respond?
(a) She believes them.
(b) She tells the girls they are making it all up.
(c) She thinks Lisa was pushed by Betsy.
(d) She thinks Betsy has tried to harm Lisa.

2. During some group therapy sessions Mary Nell Fickett encourages Lisa Shilling to "free-associate" (p. 83). What does Mary Nell mean by this term?
(a) She wants to stop charging her patient for psychological services.
(b) To start talking about whatever comes to mind.
(c) She wants Lisa to start being friends with other people.
(d) To talk about international trade relations.

3. What is the favorite topic of conversation when Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, Elizabeth Frazer, and Lisa Shilling just sit around and chat?
(a) Skirt lengths.
(b) Elizabeth's mother's diamonds.
(c) Illegal drugs.
(d) Paul Newman.

4. Lisa Shilling tells her friends that she is always tired. Why is she always tired?
(a) Because when she tries to sleep she hears many voices talking to her.
(b) Because she likes to stay up late watching television.
(c) Because her father makes her clean house for several hours every night.
(d) Because she sneaks out at night to visit her boyfriend Brian Morris.

5. According to Mary Nell Fickett, why do teenagers like to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes?
(a) Because there's nothing else to do.
(b) To show how old they are.
(c) To make their parents worry.
(d) Because they like to be addicted to things.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Mary Nell Fickett becomes more self-educated about psychology, what irritating behavior does she start to exhibit?

2. Which major character enters an emotionless "precatatonic stage...with neither the desire to live or speak normally" (p. 109)?

3. Mr. Shilling meets with Rev. Fickett, Mr. Milne, and his daughter, and rejects their claim that Lisa Shilling is suffering from mental illness. What does Mr. Shilling do after the meeting ends?

4. When Mrs. Shilling arrived at the Goodman house just after Lisa Shilling's accident and saw a broken window, what was her first assumption?

5. As Lisa Shilling's mental condition continues to deteriorate, what are some of the things she does that are disconcerting to Betsy Goodman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mr. Milne makes a few attempts to have Lisa Shilling's condition accepted and treated. He calls upon the school authorities in a formal and, later, an informal manner. He also meets with Rev. Fickett and Mr. Shilling directly. His attempts meet with failure as first Bernstein and the school administration and later Mr. Shilling stonewall him. Should Milne have done anything differently? Should Milne have given up when he did?

2. Cover photographs aside, what narratives clues are there that identify the four protagonists as white?

3. After Lisa Shilling deliberately walks through a glass window she is hospitalized with fairly serious injuries. She remains in the hospital for at least a few days. Mary Nell Fickett assumes that this suicide attempt necessarily will involve social workers who will force Mr. and Mrs. Shilling to confront Lisa's mental illness. However, this does not occur. Why?

4. The four protagonists have a backyard cookout that ends with Lisa Shilling assaulting Elizabeth Frazer. What leads up to Lisa's assault?

5. Betsy Goodman believes at one point that she might gain valuable insight into Lisa Shilling's condition simply by watching an Elizabeth Taylor movie. Describe Betsy's reasoning and comment upon it.

6. Describe some of Lisa Shilling's self-destructive behaviors.

7. After Lisa assaults Elizabeth, she makes her close friends make her a particular promise. What is the promise, and why does she make them accept it?

8. What techniques does Mrs. Shilling utilize to ignore her daughter Lisa's symptoms of mental illness?

9. Mary Nell Fickett believes that she might fully master the study of abnormal psychology by reading many books. Describe Mary Nell's reasoning and comment upon it.

10. Is Betsy Goodman a reliable narrator?

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