Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Test | Final 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. Which one of these things does Elizabeth NOT swear off while in Cambridge?

2. "Instead of being Depressed Girl, I'm _______ Girl."

3. What does Elizabeth think stops her from being perfectly happy in Dallas?

4. Who takes care of Elizabeth after Rafe breaks up with her?

5. Which of these is NOT a way that Elizabeth cracked up while in Dallas?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Elizabeth finally learn her diagnosis now?

2. What does Elizabeth's mom tell her that makes her disease become a reality to her?

3. Elizabeth cries over a movie when she is younger. What is the movie? Why does she cry after this movie? What is her mother's reaction? Is her mother's interpretation correct? Why or why not?

4. What does Dr. Sterling think that Elizabeth must continue to do while at Stillman Infirmary?

5. How do the doctors react when Elizabeth is brought into the hospital covered in blood?

6. How do Manuel and Elizabeth finally get together?

7. Elizabeth is finally diagnosed with atypical depression. Describe what this disease is.

8. Why does Dr. Sterling give Elizabeth Mellaril, the antipsychotic known to help schizophrenics?

9. Elizabeth says if she had any purpose at all, what would she do in London?

10. Why does Dr. Sterling give Elizabeth Xanax instead of an antidepressant, which she believes is more appropriate for her issues?

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

Elizabeth believes that one of the fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy was the belief that if a person talks about how they feel, their problems will be solved. Why does she believe this is a mistake? Does her family currently talk too much or not enough? Give three specific examples. What do you think the psychological impact of these talks have on Elizabeth? Do you think her family and its approach to talking ultimately helps her or has a negative impact?

Essay Topic 3

Elizabeth realizes she has fallen in love with her depression. Explain this statement, including why she needs her depression so much at this point in her life.

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