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 characteristic of depression make Styron's memoir limited in benefit?
(a) He couldn't write so well because of the immobility of depression.
(b) He couldn't give good advice because the depression made him suicidal.
(c) He had to be hospitalized so couldn't finish the memoir in the manner he wanted.
(d) Its complexity made the memoir about only one person limited.

2. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
(a) It gives him some ideas about stories he wants to write.
(b) It causes him to want to write much better than he felt Camus did.
(c) It causes him to stop writing for a while.
(d) It leads to his using a narrator on death row to tell the story in "Confessions of Nat Turner."

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

4. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) A quack.
(b) His friend, Gary.
(c) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."
(d) His wife.

5. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.
(b) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.
(c) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(d) Early loss, weak character, and no support.

Short Answer Questions

1. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?

2. What is a common occurrence in people planning suicide?

3. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?

4. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?

5. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?

(see the answer key)

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