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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?
(a) Women suffer more than any other group of people.
(b) Children.
(c) Rich people.
(d) Poor people.

2. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?
(a) Self-hatred or lack of self-esteem.
(b) Loss of friendships.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Intense anxiety.

3. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
(a) His psychiatrist.
(b) His children.
(c) His wife, Rose.
(d) His friend, Gary.

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

5. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) What doctor to see about it.
(b) Whether to admit it to the press or not.
(c) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(d) Whether to tell his wife or not.

6. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?
(a) Why would a person who has everything still be depressed?
(b) Why doesn't the person just cheer up and get over it?
(c) What medicines are effective?
(d) Why do some who suffered commit suicide while others don't?

7. Where does Styron spend his summers?
(a) At Martha's Vineyard.
(b) In Florida.
(c) In Paris.
(d) On his farm in Connecticut.

8. What does Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?
(a) He was afraid she had committed suicide.
(b) He began to suffer greatly from deep depression.
(c) He was afraid he would be suspected in her death.
(d) He finally felt free again.

9. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?
(a) The French bidet.
(b) His memoir.
(c) Paris museums.
(d) The restaurant he went to after getting his award.

10. 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?

11. Right before the onset of his depression, Styron begins to suffer from what?
(a) Lack of sexual interest.
(b) Hypochondria.
(c) Excessive sleepiness.
(d) Extreme joy.

12. 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.

13. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?
(a) A slight sadness intensified rapidly over time.
(b) It hit him suddenly one night.
(c) He really didn't know how it happened.
(d) Slowly in increments.

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

15. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?
(a) It has not been heard of before.
(b) People can't understand what it means.
(c) It indicates a weak person.
(d) It is the word for a hole in the ground, which is very demeaning for a name of a major illness.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?

2. What characteristic of depression make Styron's memoir limited in benefit?

3. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?

4. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?

5. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?

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