Darkness Visible Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 9 and 10.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?
(a) Is life worth living?
(b) Why does life have hardships?
(c) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(d) Does man depend on other men?

2. When is depression at its worst?
(a) Painful sorrow.
(b) A blue state.
(c) Fake feelings of sadness.
(d) Madness.

3. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?
(a) He is so depressed and lethargic that nothing matters to him.
(b) He knows he will be okay later.
(c) He knows his friend will be his friend again.
(d) He feels he is justified in getting angry.

4. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?
(a) Deny that the death was suicide.
(b) Denounce their loved one.
(c) Grieve longer than for death from other reasons.
(d) Begin suffering from depression and are in danger of suicide also.

5. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?
(a) He gets sleepy and couldn't work.
(b) He has to go to his doctor every afternoon.
(c) He takes naps and had nightmares during the nap.
(d) He suffers from panic and anxiety.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Styron's first dream in many months?

2. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?

3. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?

4. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?

5. What is the phenomenon in which young victims of loss harbor guilt and rage for their entire lives?

(see the answer key)

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