Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Marya Hornbacher
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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. At the age of 4, what does Marya claim to be?

2. How long does Marya wait to tell her mother she started her period?

3. After moving to Minnesota, what does Marya often use to calm her nerves?

4. To this day, what does Marya say she misses about bulimia?

5. What does Marya think will happen to Jane before she gets to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Marya afraid to fall asleep, and how does not sleeping affect her?

2. Why does Marya refer to this section of the book as "Take 1"?

3. What does Marya realize about her desire to lose weight?

4. Slowly, what does Marya begin to think about her skinny looks?

5. What does Marya realize about the girl's folder?

6. What does Marya realize about those around her from her past?

7. How does 1991 get off to a good start for Marya?

8. How does Marya begin leading a double life in this section of the novel?

9. What does Duane's hug provide for Marya?

10. When a friend finally tells a school counselor about Marya's problem, how does Marya feel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Marya is convinced that she desperately wanted to die or simply stop existing. What stopped her from committing suicide?

What currently keeps her wanting to continue her fight against her eating disorders?

Essay Topic 2

1) Collectively, do men have a positive or negative influence on Marya's life?

2) How does Marya use men negatively?

3) What male has had the most positive effect on Marya's life?

Essay Topic 3

Marya considers bulimics to be very passionate and filled with desires. They, in her opinion, are also weak and always give in. Do you agree or disagree with her statement? Does it makes sense to you?

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