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. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.
(b) They were devastated and grieved over it.
(c) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.
(d) They didn't believe it.

2. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of medicines to treat depression.
(b) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(c) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.
(d) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.

3. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.
(b) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(c) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.
(d) Because of Jarrell's depression and the fact there was no reason for him to be on the road on which he was struck by a car.

4. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Melancholia and hypochondria.
(b) Cancer and depression.
(c) Lukemia and depression.
(d) Influenza and depression.

5. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?
(a) Screaming until he was hoarse.
(b) Damp weather.
(c) Severe depression and resulting lethargy.
(d) Bronchitis.

Short Answer Questions

1. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?

2. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?

3. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?

4. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

5. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?

(see the answer key)

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