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

2. What does Elizabeth move to Texas to do?

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

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

5. Which drug does Dr. Sterling give her for her anxiety while at Stillman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Elizabeth finally learn her diagnosis now?

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

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

4. How does Elizabeth react to her miscarriage afterwards?

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

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

7. What does Elizabeth find ironic about her decision to find a new psychologist?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Elizabeth and her mother have a conversation after Elizabeth returns home to take care of her mother after she is attacked. What is the conversation about and what do you think its impact is for Elizabeth?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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