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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 6 and 7.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Lukemia and depression.
(b) Cancer and depression.
(c) Influenza and depression.
(d) Melancholia and hypochondria.
2. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(b) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(c) Levi was involved in so many good causes.
(d) Levi was such a good writer.
3. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
(a) The idea that there is one particular cause.
(b) That people only have to "buck up."
(c) That all depressed people commit suicide.
(d) That suicide is a painless way to go.
4. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?
(a) To look good to the press.
(b) To satisfy his wife, who demanded he get treatment.
(c) To receive the medicines he thought would help him.
(d) To get help for his friend, Camus.
5. Why does he throw his diary in the garbage instead of burning it?
(a) He is afraid of fire, so couldn't bring himself to burn the diary.
(b) It better represents the annihilation of a loathful self, and deserves to be thrown in the garbage as well.
(c) He doesn't want to see any trace, such as ashes.
(d) He doesn't want to start a fire and let his friends know what he was doing.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is it hard for Styron to recognize depression in his friend, Gary?
2. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
3. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
4. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?
5. How does Styron indicate he was planning to die?
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