Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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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. When Elizabeth is on the floor of the bathroom, what illegal drug is she currently on?

2. How does Elizabeth react to her mother's outrage?

3. What quote does Elizabeth use to describe how depression hits her?

4. Which drug has Elizabeth decided to "cold-kick?"

5. Which one of these things is not one of the things that drives someone to depression, according to Elizabeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the guys that Elizabeth and her friends take up with?

2. How does physical contact with Abel make Elizabeth feel?

3. What are some of the reasons why the camp director says Elizabeth won't go through with her threat to have a drug overdose while at camp?

4. What does Elizabeth do instead of go to school each morning?

5. What does Elizabeth consider her father's first and last act of paternal authority?

6. Why does Elizabeth love taking Ecstasy?

7. Describe the mood of Elizabeth and her mother on their way to Harvard.

8. What is unusual about her cousin Pamela that she discovers later?

9. What does Elizabeth finally become resigned to?

10. What is the Catch-22-like situation that Elizabeth finds herself in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elizabeth says the suicide attempt startles even her. Describe the situation leading up to the suicide attempt and her life immediately afterwards.

Essay Topic 2

Elizabeth's writing style in the book is unusual. She will jump from a standard font to an italicized one. What impact does this have for the reader? Does it change the tone of the novel? Why or why not? What contribution does it make for the overall story? Does it encourage the reader to relate more to Elizabeth or feel more disconnected from her? Use specific examples from the novel to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Wurtzel begins the novel with a quote from Marguerite Duras' "The Lover" which reads, "Very early in my life it was too late." Why do you think this quote was chosen by Wurtzel? What significance does it have and how does it set the tone for the novel from the start?

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