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 Barnaby offer Elizabeth when she arrives?

2. Which one of these are not a worry Elizabeth faces with Dr. Sterling?

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

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

5. Where does Rafe she needs to go while in London?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the doctors react when Elizabeth is brought into the hospital covered in blood?

5. How do Manuel and Elizabeth finally get together?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At various points in her life, Elizabeth will feel extreme highs followed by extreme lows. How is this conveyed in the novel? How are the words chosen, descriptions and tone combined together in order to convey the highs or lows of her life at any point in the novel. Use three specific examples to demonstrate an emotional period for her and how the writing helped to demonstrate the emotion during that time.

Essay Topic 2

Elizabeth fixates on her Space, Time and Motion papers. What do these papers suddenly symbolize for Elizabeth? Why is it ironic that the class is called Space, Time and Motion? Why do you think she fixates on this class?

Essay Topic 3

Elizabeth believes that one of the fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy was the belief that if a person talks about how they feel, their problems will be solved. Why does she believe this is a mistake? Does her family currently talk too much or not enough? Give three specific examples. What do you think the psychological impact of these talks have on Elizabeth? Do you think her family and its approach to talking ultimately helps her or has a negative impact?

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