Darkness Visible Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Styron calls depression:
(a) Disorder of mood.
(b) Very rare.
(c) Terrible sadness.
(d) Very common.

3. Which group of people does depression never happen to?
(a) People younger than their teens.
(b) Mothers who enjoy their role.
(c) Older people who have gotten a grasp on life.
(d) None are excluded; it attacks all groups.

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

5. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(b) 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.
(c) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.
(d) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?

3. What clues does Gary reveal that Styron later learns was probably signs of deep depression?

4. What is the award Styron receives?

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

(see the answer key)

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