Darkness Visible Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They were devastated and grieved over it.
(b) They didn't believe it.
(c) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.
(d) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.

2. 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 begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.
(c) He can't think clearly anymore.
(d) He can't talk to his wife any more.

3. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?
(a) Heroin and tobacco.
(b) Alcohol and Halcion.
(c) Cocaine and alcohol.
(d) Tobacco and alcohol.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?

2. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

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

4. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?

5. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?

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