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. How much money does Elizabeth's mother give her as she is leaving?

2. What has clearly been a failure for Dr. Sterling?

3. What has really happened to Elizabeth?

4. What does Elizabeth NOT compare madness to?

5. What is the name of the next new pill that Elizabeth must try?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How do Manuel and Elizabeth finally get together?

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

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

10. How does Elizabeth react to her miscarriage afterwards?

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

Elizabeth realizes she has fallen in love with her depression. Explain this statement, including why she needs her depression so much at this point in her life.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Elizabeth's diagnosis as having atypical depresion. Review her diagnosis against her actions in the book. Name three specific examples that explain her behavior in relation to her mental illness.

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