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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styron call the DSM?
(a) The psychiatrist's bible.
(b) A guide to treatment.
(c) A good manual.
(d) Very inaccurate guide.

2. How did Levi commit suicide?
(a) Hung himself.
(b) Took an overdose of pills.
(c) Hurled himself down a flight of stairs.
(d) Stepped in front of a moving car.

3. Who is Styron's literary guide?
(a) Romain Gary.
(b) Cino del Duca.
(c) Albert Camus.
(d) Abbie Hoffman.

4. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because of the stigma of suicide.
(b) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(c) She was cheating on him.
(d) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.

5. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?
(a) That he probably didn't know the driver was so reckless.
(b) That his friend didn't have any choice about who to ride with.
(c) That it was a form of suicide.
(d) That his friend didn't want to embarrass his friend by refusing a ride.

6. How long does Stryon say it will be before he returns to Paris?
(a) A month.
(b) Forever.
(c) A couple of years.
(d) A year.

7. What does Gary confess to Styron about Camus's depression?
(a) That Gary saw the same depression in himself, though it was controlled.
(b) He knew Camus was going to commit suicide and did nothing about it.
(c) He didn't believe Camus really suffered from depression.
(d) He had tried to convince Camus to get help.

8. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Influenza and depression.
(b) Melancholia and hypochondria.
(c) Lukemia and depression.
(d) Cancer and depression.

9. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It is an upper, but depressed him.
(b) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.
(c) It had no effect on his mood.
(d) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.

10. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1985.
(c) 1989.
(d) 1950.

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

12. What does Styron say depression is like?
(a) An extra sleepy mood.
(b) A sadness.
(c) Drowning or suffocation.
(d) Makes him angry at everyone.

13. During one sleepless episode, what does Styron realize about his illness?
(a) That he is recovering.
(b) That he is a very weak person to let it rule his life.
(c) It will take his life if allowed to continue.
(d) That he needs to get a handle on it.

14. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.
(b) Many people thought Styron was weak.
(c) Many felt he didn't deserve the del Duco award.
(d) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.

15. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?
(a) Job and Milton.
(b) His father and brother.
(c) His son and brother.
(d) Albert Camus and Romain Gary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?

2. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?

3. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?

4. What drugs does Styron's doctor give him that are NOT recommended for people with depression?

5. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?

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