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 year does Elizabeth move to Texas?

2. Where doe Elizabeth live after Dallas?

3. Who takes care of Elizabeth after Rafe breaks up with her?

4. How does Elizabeth chose her doctor since she cannot have Dr. Saltenstahl?

5. Which drug does Dr. Sterling give her for her anxiety while at Stillman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What about the Dallas music industry surprises Elizabeth when she arrives?

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

3. Describe Elizabeth's first conversation with Rafe on the phone. Why does she say she's calling him? Why do they continue talking?

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

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

6. Why does Elizabeth finally learn her diagnosis now?

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

8. What does Elizabeth's Space, Time and Motion class become symbolic of?

9. Elizabeth cries over a movie when she is younger. What is the movie? Why does she cry after this movie? What is her mother's reaction? Is her mother's interpretation correct? Why or why not?

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

Wurtzel begins the novel with a quote from Marguerite Duras' "The Lover" which reads, "Very early in my life it was too late." Why do you think this quote was chosen by Wurtzel? What significance does it have and how does it set the tone for the novel from the start?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Elizabeth's description of her depression, taken from a quote by The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, "Gradually, and then suddenly." Why do you think Elizabeth is attracted to this expression? What about her depression and how she deals with the disease fits into this quote? Use specific examples from the book to explain the "gradual" parts and then the "sudden" parts of Elizabeth's interaction with depression and how it comes to affect every aspect of her life.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Elizabeth after the Prozac kicks in. What are her moods like? What is so conscious of all the time?

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