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 calls who?

3. How does Elizabeth get food poisoning?

4. To whom does Elizabeth lose her virginity?

5. Who does Elizabeth call after getting off the phone with her mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Describe Elizabeth's first conversation with Rafe on the phone. Why does she say she's calling him? Why do they continue talking?

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

8. How do Manuel and Elizabeth finally get together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Elizabeth after the Prozac kicks in. What are her moods like? What is so conscious of all the time?

Essay Topic 2

Wurtzel jumps from doctor to doctor when her mental health begins to deteriorate at age 12. What kind of impact do you think this has on her development and diagnosis of the disease? Do you think the impact is positive or negative? Why? Use specific examples with various doctors to support your theory.

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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