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. "Drinking in _______ was a lot more fun than it had ever been anywhere else, although I couldn't say why."

2. What are Elizabeth's main symptoms in Stillman?

3. Which one of these is not a form of speed that Elizabeth craves?

4. Which fairy tale does her new apartment remind Elizabeth of?

5. What reruns does Elizabeth watch late at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Elizabeth's mother disappointed in her when she comes to visit her in Dallas?

2. What does Elizabeth's mother think Elizabeth should do to get better? What does Dr. Sterling suggest instead and why?

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

4. Describe the apartment that Elizabeth moves into after her stay in Dallas.

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

6. How do Manuel and Elizabeth finally get together?

7. Why does Elizabeth say she carries a lot of stuff with her at all times?

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

9. Why does Elizabeth refuse to appear on the Oprah! show?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe Wurtzel's parents' divorce played a role in her depression? Do you think she would have been depressed if they had stayed together? Did their treatment of each other affect her and consequently her depression during her adolescent years? How so? Use specific examples to demonstrate how you believe the divorce did or did not affect her mental health.

Essay Topic 2

How do Elizabeth's friend react to her suicide attempt? Is this a normal response? Give the reactions of two of her friends and analyze their reactions to Elizabeth's suicide attempt.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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