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. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(b) Early loss, weak character, and no support.
(c) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.
(d) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.

2. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."
(b) His wife.
(c) His friend, Gary.
(d) A quack.

3. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.
(b) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(c) Take long walks in the woods.
(d) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.

4. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?
(a) He can't talk to his wife any more.
(b) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.
(c) He can't think clearly anymore.
(d) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.

5. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?
(a) That life isn't worth living.
(b) That his friends must be weak.
(c) That he isn't a very good friend to others since he can't help them.
(d) That he would soon have to face the fact that his own suicide is his only way out.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?

2. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?

3. What does Styron say depression is like?

4. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?

5. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?

(see the answer key)

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