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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?
(a) His editor asked him to write the memoir.
(b) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.
(c) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.
(d) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.

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

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

4. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?
(a) "The Stranger."
(b) "Reflections of Life."
(c) "Paradise Lost."
(d) "The Long Day."

5. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.
(b) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(c) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.
(d) Because they don't love their families like other people do.

6. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
(b) It makes him realize life is too short.
(c) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.
(d) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.

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

8. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) Because of Jarrell's depression and the fact there was no reason for him to be on the road on which he was struck by a car.
(b) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.
(c) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(d) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.

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

10. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(b) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(c) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.
(d) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.

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

12. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(b) The title didn't fit the story.
(c) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
(d) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.

13. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?
(a) He was a fellow writer and philosopher.
(b) He was a family member so depressed that he had no profession.
(c) He was a political activist.
(d) He was Styron's psychiatrist.

14. What is Styron not able to recover?
(a) His lucidity.
(b) His fame.
(c) His family.
(d) His friendships.

15. What does Styron say the award he received should have done for him?
(a) Pay all his bills.
(b) Restore his ego.
(c) Make him new friends.
(d) Make him famous.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?

2. Which group of people does depression never happen to?

3. How long does Stryon say it will be before he returns to Paris?

4. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

5. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?

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