Darkness Visible Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because they don't love their families like other people do.
(b) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(c) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.
(d) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.

2. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?
(a) He has to go to his doctor every afternoon.
(b) He suffers from panic and anxiety.
(c) He gets sleepy and couldn't work.
(d) He takes naps and had nightmares during the nap.

3. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Loss of friendships.
(c) Intense anxiety.
(d) Self-hatred or lack of self-esteem.

4. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
(a) The idea that there is one particular cause.
(b) That people only have to "buck up."
(c) That all depressed people commit suicide.
(d) That suicide is a painless way to go.

5. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?
(a) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(b) Does man depend on other men?
(c) Why does life have hardships?
(d) Is life worth living?

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?

2. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?

3. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?

4. What is Styron not able to recover?

5. Though Styron admits all professions are susceptible to depression, which profession is the most susceptible?

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