Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Short Essay - Answer Key

Marya Hornbacher
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does the novel begin?

Marya begins with a story. She discusses meeting another recovering anorexic named Jane. Instead of starting with her own story, she talks about someone else and their story.

2. What action gets the story moving quickly?

Jane's heart begins to feel funny. Mayra recognizes this as a sign of a heart attack. Jane is rushed to an emergency room for care.

3. What details and statistics does Marya give in this section of the book?

In this section, Marya tells the reader that she became bulimic by the age of nine and anorexic by the age of fifteen. Though she now weighs 135 pounds, her lowest weight was 52 pounds. At one point, the doctors did not think she would survive.

4. Why is Marya writing this novel?

Marya wants to tell the story of the sickness of eating disorders. She thinks that many people are not correctly informed about them.

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