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. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.
(b) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.
(c) His wife left him.
(d) His whole family rejected him.

2. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(b) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(c) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
(d) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.

3. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?
(a) That he isn't a very good friend to others since he can't help them.
(b) That his friends must be weak.
(c) That life isn't worth living.
(d) That he would soon have to face the fact that his own suicide is his only way out.

4. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
(a) Camus hid it very well because he was embarrassed by it.
(b) He didn't know Camus very well.
(c) He had never experienced depression himself, so had no real clue.
(d) He didn't believe in depression at the time.

5. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of medicines to treat depression.
(b) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.
(c) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(d) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?

2. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?

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

4. Where did Styron meet Hoffman?

5. What is Styron not able to recover?

(see the answer key)

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