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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. Of whom does Lisa Shilling say "'You are quite the most rotten, sneaky, conniving little person I've ever known'" (p. 73)?
(a) Betsy Goodman.
(b) Brian Morris.
(c) Elizabeth Frazer.
(d) Mary Nell Fickett.

2. Lisa Shilling disappears while she is at Betsy Goodman's house waiting for Mary Nell Fickett and Elizabeth Frazer to arrive. Where does Lisa go?
(a) She hides in a closet for a long time.
(b) She wanders into the street and is hit by a car.
(c) She goes home.
(d) She tries to drown herself in a river.

3. As Mrs. Shilling begins to realize that perhaps her daughter Lisa really is suffering from mental illness, what is one of her first responses?
(a) She blames Lisa's friends for causing the mental illness.
(b) She blames Lisa's father for causing the mental illness.
(c) She runs away from her family.
(d) She starts to use psychedelic drugs.

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?
(a) That someone pushed Lisa through the window..
(b) That Lisa accidentally fell through the window.
(c) That Lisa broke the window playing baseball
(d) That Lisa pushed Betsy Goodman through the window.

5. As Mary Nell Fickett's confidence sinks, what happens to Betsy Goodman?
(a) Betsy's confidence increases.
(b) Betsy loses interest in helping Lisa Shilling.
(c) Betsy's confidence sinks, too.
(d) Betsy develops a crush on Elizabeth Frazer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Elizabeth Frazer agrees to try to help Lisa Shilling only after...

2. By the end of the school year, which major character is the least optimistic about Lisa Shilling's chances for recovery?

3. Mr. Bernstein says he entirely can't act in Lisa Shilling's best interests because he must do what?

4. Lisa Shilling tells her friends that she is always tired. Why is she always tired?

5. Which major character is described as "a tall, blonde girl who seemed contained from within by taut wires strung from shoulder to shoulder, from head to hip. Self-contained and beautiful and distant, and suddenly mysterious" (pp. 59-60)?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Betsy Goodman is watching a television program about a mentally ill (and committed) patient when Lisa Shilling arrives. Why does Lisa's appearance make Betsy uncomfortable?

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

4. Betsy Goodman meets with Mr. Bernstein several times and he explains why he cannot become involved. Yet she continues to turn to him for help. Why does Betsy continue to attempt to rely on Mr. Bernstein?

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

6. 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?

7. The Reverend Fickett makes a personal attempt to have Lisa Shilling's condition accepted and treated. With Mr. Milne, a school teacher, he calls upon Mr. Shilling directly. His attempt meets with failure as Mr. Shilling stonewalls him. Should Rev. Fickett have done anything differently? Should Rev. Fickett have given up when he did?

8. Is Betsy Goodman a reliable narrator?

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. Mary Nell Fickett and Betsy Goodman briefly consider inviting Lisa Shilling's younger sister Tracy to their group therapy sessions. They decide against it. Why do they decide against it?

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