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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Elizabeth's diagnosis?

2. "And the thing about my mom is that she's totally nuts, but she's very _________."

3. According to Elizabeth, her roommate Samantha is a certain kind of "fucked up" -- what is her ailment?

4. What is the name of Samantha's ex-boyfriend?

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

Essay 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 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

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.

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