The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Andrew Solomon
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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. How many American children suffer from depression?

2. Depression is the leading cause of what in the U.S. and abroad in people over the age of 5?

3. What type of therapy does Gerald Klerman formulate?

4. Who does Solomon move in with the same day he is prescribed Xanax and Zoloft?

5. What drug does Solomon's great aunt take for her depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are SSRIs the most popular type of antidepressant?

2. Why is Solomon's stage of half-recovery described in "Breakdowns" the most dangerous?

3. How might television play a role in depression?

4. What symptoms can be seen in babies who are always away from their mothers?

5. In the end, how does Solomon feel about his experience with depression?

6. How does Solomon feel about mentally ill people who abuse their partners?

7. Why is defining depression important when it comes to insurance companies?

8. Why does Solomon wish to end his life passively?

9. What possible new depression treatments are being researched?

10. At the end of Politics, what does Solomon implore his readers to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the effects of depression on motherhood? Why is it important for depressed mothers to seek treatment? What is a likely outcome for the children of mothers who suffer from untreated depression?

Essay Topic 2

Solomon often uses references from literature to emphasize the points he makes about depression. Cite three instances where he refers to literature and explain their significance. Do these references help you see his point?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the cycle created by depression and substance abuse. How do the two correlate? How are they separate issues? Why does Solomon say that depressives are vulnerable to being addicts?

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