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. What does Manuel say that Elizabeth must see before leaving London?

2. Who does she call, telling him/her that she is going straight to his/her apartment and needs a decent dinner because she cannot take care of herself?

3. "Everything I touch, I ruin. I'm ______________."

4. What job does Elizabeth take at night while in Harvard?

5. What do her friends suggest she read instead in order to be happy to be alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Elizabeth believe one of the terrible fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy is?

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

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

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

5. Elizabeth says there are two types of dysfunctional families. What are they?

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

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

8. Why does Elizabeth finally learn her diagnosis now?

9. How does Elizabeth feel when she first arrives in Dallas?

10. How does Elizabeth react to her miscarriage afterwards?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Elizabeth's description of her depression, taken from a quote by The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, "Gradually, and then suddenly." Why do you think Elizabeth is attracted to this expression? What about her depression and how she deals with the disease fits into this quote? Use specific examples from the book to explain the "gradual" parts and then the "sudden" parts of Elizabeth's interaction with depression and how it comes to affect every aspect of her life.

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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