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

2. Which fairy tale does her new apartment remind Elizabeth of?

3. What concert does Elizabeth miss because she suddenly feels sick?

4. Which of these is NOT a way that Elizabeth cracked up while in Dallas?

5. What is Elizabeth studying at Harvard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Elizabeth refuse to appear on the Oprah! show?

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

5. What does Elizabeth's mother think Elizabeth should do to get better? What does Dr. Sterling suggest instead and why?

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

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

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

10. What does Elizabeth believe one of the terrible fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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