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. Where did Styron meet Hoffman?
(a) At a democratic convention.
(b) At the del Duco award dinner.
(c) At a writer's conference.
(d) He had never really met him, only talked to him.

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

3. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?
(a) Denounce Levi as his friend.
(b) Condemn Levi for his cowardice.
(c) Write an op-ed piece to the NY Times on depression, discounting the shame most felt about it.
(d) Plan his own suicide.

4. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?
(a) A life of horror.
(b) Long term hospitalization.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Total care by a loved one.

5. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?
(a) Severe depression and resulting lethargy.
(b) Damp weather.
(c) Screaming until he was hoarse.
(d) Bronchitis.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say is absent in depression that causes it to be so difficult to endure?

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

3. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?

4. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?

5. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?

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