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. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.
(b) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.
(c) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(d) Because they don't love their families like other people do.

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

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

4. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi was such a good writer.
(b) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(c) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(d) Levi was involved in so many good causes.

5. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?
(a) "The Long Day."
(b) "Paradise Lost."
(c) "Reflections of Life."
(d) "The Stranger."

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?

2. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?

3. What does Styron say about not returning to France?

4. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?

5. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?

(see the answer key)

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