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. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?
(a) Depression always leads to suicide.
(b) Depression never causes suicide.
(c) Man's alienation from other men.
(d) All men suffer from deep depression.

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

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

4. Why is it hard for Styron to recognize depression in his friend, Gary?
(a) Because he didn't know what depression looked like.
(b) Because Gary always had a melancholy typical of Europeans.
(c) Because he rarely talked to Gary.
(d) Because Gary was so good at hiding his feelings.

5. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(b) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
(c) The title didn't fit the story.
(d) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?

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

3. What do Styron's companions notice about him?

4. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?

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

(see the answer key)

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