Darkness Visible Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Gary confess to Styron about Camus's depression?
(a) That Gary saw the same depression in himself, though it was controlled.
(b) He had tried to convince Camus to get help.
(c) He didn't believe Camus really suffered from depression.
(d) He knew Camus was going to commit suicide and did nothing about it.

2. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?
(a) He was such a good writer.
(b) He was so young and vital.
(c) He was so valuable to mankind.
(d) He was not really depressed, so why did he commit suicide?

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

4. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
(a) A black tempest.
(b) A deep hole.
(c) An excruciating pain.
(d) A hole in his heart.

5. What effect does the failure of medicines to act quickly have on the depressed person?
(a) They give up and do something different.
(b) It keeps them in a state of anxiety and hopelessness.
(c) They get better even though the medicines don't work.
(d) Many of them commit suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. In addition to anxiety, what other characteristic of depression becomes manifest?

2. According to Styron, what is the touchstone of depression?

3. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?

4. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?

5. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?

(see the answer key)

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