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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What horrible things does Hattie do to neighborhood children?
(a) Sexually abuses them.
(b) Turns them against their husband.
(c) Takes them out for sweet treats.
(d) Cuts their hair.

2. How will the selves need to be treated?
(a) They will not be treated at all.
(b) The selves do not exist.
(c) The doctor will need to treat each personality differently.
(d) They will need to talk about their problems together in group therapy.

3. How do Vanessa and Marcia inhabit Sybil?
(a) Right after one another.
(b) While Vicky is in control.
(c) Only in meetings with Dr. Wilbur.
(d) Simultaneously.

4. What do the doctor and patient discuss on the first day?
(a) Her mother's feelings toward Sybil.
(b) How she can succeed in life.
(c) Her absence from school and stressful home life.
(d) The weather.

5. What doesn't Sybil's mother accept about her daughter's life?
(a) That Sybil is an adult.
(b) Sybil is asserting her own thoughts and feelings.
(c) Sybil has feelings.
(d) Sybil chooses

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Vanessa dislike about her (Sybil's) parents having sex?

2. Suddenly Sybil is paralyzed with fear. Why?

3. How long did it take the author to write the book?

4. Why does three-year-old self, Ruthie, resent Willard?

5. What is currently unclear to Dr. Wilbur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the author of the book and how does she come to write Sybil's book? As the author writes, what tone does she immediately take for the book?

2. Why do Sybil and Dr. Wilbur's sessions suddenly stop?

3. When the general population discusses mental disorders, they often judge people before they know all the facts about their particular disorder, or situation. Why is does the author clearly ask the reader to hold off judgment of Sybil in the book's Preface?

4. What parts of Sybil's life play into her disorder?

5. Why is Sybil hesitant to share more of her feelings and life with Dr. Wilbur?

6. As the novel begins, where does the reader find Sybil Isabel Dorsett?

7. What does Dr. Wilbur decide she must understand about Sybil's early life to cure her.

8. How does Dr Wilbur make Sybil feel better about her condition?

9. What type of case is Sybil's? Why is the author so excited to report on Sybil's case?

10. How do Sybil's parents question the validity of Dr. Wilbur's practice?

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