Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Final Test - Hard

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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

Elizabeth begins to take Prozac but has a great deal of trouble with it at first. Why is this and how does having enough energy relate to her problems at this time?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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