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. Where do Elizabeth and her mother cruise to after she and her boyfriend break up?

2. What was Elizabeth born in the middle of?

3. What is the name of Elizabeth's friend at camp that she tries to explain her depression to?

4. What disease does Elizabeth fear the lithium will give her?

5. Which one of these family members did not have problems with their mental health?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Graves' disease?

2. How does Elizabeth feel when she gets on the phone with her father and what do they argue about?

3. How does Elizabeth feel while describing her family situation to therapists in relation to her depression?

4. What does Elizabeth finally become resigned to?

5. What are some of the things that Elizabeth and her father do together before he leaves?

6. Why does Zachary break up with Elizabeth?

7. Why do Elizabeth and Jethro decide to take some cocaine?

8. Why does Elizabeth love taking Ecstasy?

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

10. At the beginning of the party, what happens to Elizabeth's cat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elizabeth fixates on her Space, Time and Motion papers. What do these papers suddenly symbolize for Elizabeth? Why is it ironic that the class is called Space, Time and Motion? Why do you think she fixates on this class?

Essay Topic 2

At various points in her life, Elizabeth will feel extreme highs followed by extreme lows. How is this conveyed in the novel? How are the words chosen, descriptions and tone combined together in order to convey the highs or lows of her life at any point in the novel. Use three specific examples to demonstrate an emotional period for her and how the writing helped to demonstrate the emotion during that time.

Essay Topic 3

Secondary characters play a large role in Elizabeth's life at various times. Choose at least 5 different secondary characters and explain their significance at crucial moments in Elizabeth's life. What would have changed for Elizabeth if they had not been there? Were they positive influences or negative ones? Do you think they understood how sick Elizabeth truly was with depression at the time? Why or why not?

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