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. What symptoms did Jarrell suffer from that caused Styron to believe in Jarrell's suicide?
(a) He had a terminal illness and was in pain.
(b) He wanted his wife to have money and his insurance would give it to her.
(c) He often mentioned life wasn't worth living.
(d) Black despondency, violent fluctuation of mood, and his deep depression.

2. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize life is too short.
(b) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(c) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.
(d) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.

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

4. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?
(a) Control of his anger.
(b) His best friend.
(c) His check for $25,000.
(d) His mind.

5. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(b) She was cheating on him.
(c) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(d) Because of the stigma of suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?

2. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?

3. What happens to Gary's ex-wife?

4. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?

5. How long does Stryon say it will be before he returns to Paris?

(see the answer key)

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