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. What does Elizabeth say madness is really like?

2. Where in Texas does she move to?

3. What happens to Elizabeth's mother?

4. Where is she dropped off after the break up?

5. Which drug does Dr. Sterling put Elizabeth on next due to her mental state?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens as soon as Elizabeth lands in Gatwick?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Dr. Sterling give Elizabeth Mellaril, the antipsychotic known to help schizophrenics?

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

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

Secondary characters play a large role in Elizabeth's life at various times. Choose at least 5 different secondary characters and explain their significance at crucial moments in Elizabeth's life. What would have changed for Elizabeth if they had not been there? Were they positive influences or negative ones? Do you think they understood how sick Elizabeth truly was with depression at the time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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