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 character does Elizabeth envy sexually?

2. Who does she call while surrounded in blood?

3. Archer is so flawlessly handsome that he actually seems ______________.

4. Who does Elizabeth date after Rafe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Elizabeth's Space, Time and Motion class become symbolic of?

3. Elizabeth starts to cry continuously with Rafe. While talking with Dr. Sterling, what do they decide the reason for this is?

4. Why is Archer the perfect person for Elizabeth to visit after a breakup?

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

6. What does Barnaby expect because he shows her around town and picks her up from the airport?

7. 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?

8. How does Elizabeth describe the difference between madness and depression in relation to literature?

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

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'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 2

Essentially, this novel is a coming-of-age novel about a young child who overcomes tremendous odds throughout her adolescence to mature into a young adult. What makes Elizabeth's life so unique? What events or emotions does she go through that are common with many other adolescents worldwide? Can you relate to her as a person? Why or why not? Use specific examples of what makes Elizabeth unique and what makes her a common, everyday person.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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