Darkness Visible Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
(a) None.
(b) Only five.
(c) Twenty-five.
(d) More women than men.

2. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many people thought Styron was weak.
(b) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.
(c) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.
(d) Many felt he didn't deserve the del Duco award.

3. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(b) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.
(c) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(d) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.

4. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?
(a) He knows he will be okay later.
(b) He is so depressed and lethargic that nothing matters to him.
(c) He feels he is justified in getting angry.
(d) He knows his friend will be his friend again.

5. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?
(a) That secrecy and shame are not the right reaction.
(b) That they had no other way to escape.
(c) That they were always good writers.
(d) That they were weak and couldn't handle pain.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?

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

5. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?

(see the answer key)

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