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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Lisa Shilling hope to accomplish by walking deliberately through a floor-to-ceiling window?

2. During one early group therapy session, why does Mary Nell Fickett get angry with Elizabeth Frazer?

3. During one group therapy session Lisa Shilling teases Mary Nell Fickett by making up a recurring dream. What is the dream that Lisa makes up?

4. Why did Lisa Shilling and Betsy Goodman look to Elizabeth Frazer for answers to Lisa's problems?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. If you were in Lisa's situation, to whom would you turn for help?

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. Lisa Shilling occasionally talks in a deep, sultry voice with a notable English accent. Betsy Goodman associates this English-sounding Lisa with the dark Lisa. In popular psychology, what type of mental illness would account for this distinction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of the four primary mothers in the novel--Mrs. Shilling, Mrs. Goodman, Mrs. Fickett, and Mrs. Frazer--who would you least like to have as a mother? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of gender in the novel--do characters act they way they do because they are male or female? Which characters (if any) don't act like they 'should' for their gender?

Essay Topic 3

Enumerate Lisa Shilling's major symptoms and discuss them within the context of the novel. Do any of Mary Nell's analysis efforts shed light on a potential diagnosis for Lisa? What do you think would be Lisa's diagnosis? Do you believe that having a specific diagnosis helps or hinders professional treatment?

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