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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. During a barbecue near the end of the school year, Elizabeth Frazer deliberately provkes Lisa Shilling. Why does she do this?
(a) She hopes to draw attention to Lisa's mental condition.
(b) She wants to get Lisa expelled from school.
(c) She wants Lisa to get arrested.
(d) She knows she can easily win in a fight against Lisa.

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 goes home.
(b) She wanders into the street and is hit by a car.
(c) She hides in a closet for a long time.
(d) She tries to drown herself in a river.

3. How do the teachers at Lisa Shilling's school agree to "help" (p. 90) Lisa?
(a) By expelling her from school.
(b) By allowing her to cheat openly on examinations.
(c) By giving her 'A' grades even though she doesn't deserve them.
(d) By tacitly ignoring her.

4. When Mary Nell Fickett talks to her father about Lisa Shilling, how does her father respond?
(a) He tells her she probably won't be able to help and refuses to get involved.
(b) He offers to call the police about Lisa's situation.
(c) He tells her she probably won't be able to help but offers to get involved.
(d) He tells her she is doing more harm than good.

5. Lisa Shilling's little sister Tracy, twelve years old, believes something is wrong with Lisa. What symptoms does she disclose to Mary Nell Fickett?
(a) Lisa never talks and stares at things.
(b) Lisa speaks in gibberish all the time and cracks her knuckles a lot.
(c) Lisa spends most nights standing in the corner crying and most mornings eating cupcakes.
(d) Lisa will only wear yellow clothes and only eat yellow foods.

Short Answer Questions

1. Betsy Goodman and Mary Nell Fickett try to diagnose Lisa Shilling by watching Elizabeth Taylor's performance in which movie?

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

3. How extensive are Lisa Shilling's physical wounds after she walks through a floor-to-ceiling window?

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

5. During a barbecue near the end of the school year, Lisa Shilling physically attacks which major character?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the narrative differ if the protagonists were male?

2. When discussing a movie about mental illness with her friends, Lisa Shilling comments on one particular aspect or scene of the movie that makes her uncomfortable. What is that aspect?

3. 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?

4. Describe the typical group therapy session involving Lisa Shilling, Betsy Goodman, Mary Nell Fickett, and Elizabeth Frazer.

5. Between Elizabeth Frazer, Mary Nell Fickett, and Betsy Goodman, which character tries the least to understand Lisa Shilling's diagnosis?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Describe Lisa Shilling's punctuality and dependability.

10. What actions does Lisa Shilling take to attempt to convince her parents that she needs professional help?

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