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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?
(a) "I have felt the wind of the wing of madness."
(b) "Madness breeds madness."
(c) "Madness is but a figment of the imagination."
(d) "Man's madness is his downfall."
2. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) Whether to admit it to the press or not.
(b) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(c) What doctor to see about it.
(d) Whether to tell his wife or not.
3. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?
(a) Deny that the death was suicide.
(b) Begin suffering from depression and are in danger of suicide also.
(c) Grieve longer than for death from other reasons.
(d) Denounce their loved one.
4. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
(a) He didn't believe in depression at the time.
(b) Camus hid it very well because he was embarrassed by it.
(c) He didn't know Camus very well.
(d) He had never experienced depression himself, so had no real clue.
5. Where does Styron spend his summers?
(a) In Florida.
(b) In Paris.
(c) At Martha's Vineyard.
(d) On his farm in Connecticut.
6. What happens to Gary's ex-wife?
(a) She took an overdose of pills and her body was found in a car after several days.
(b) She shot herself.
(c) She was killed by someone, probably Gary himself.
(d) She disappeared and was never found again.
7. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.
(b) It is an upper, but depressed him.
(c) It had no effect on his mood.
(d) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.
8. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.
(b) His whole family rejected him.
(c) His wife left him.
(d) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.
9. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) The title didn't fit the story.
(b) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.
(c) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(d) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
10. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.
(b) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(c) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(d) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
11. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?
(a) He thinks they are graceful.
(b) He tries to shoot them.
(c) They temporarily restore his good feelings.
(d) He is frozen in anxiety at the sight of them.
12. What does Styron say depression is like?
(a) An extra sleepy mood.
(b) Makes him angry at everyone.
(c) Drowning or suffocation.
(d) A sadness.
13. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
(a) It causes him to stop writing for a while.
(b) It leads to his using a narrator on death row to tell the story in "Confessions of Nat Turner."
(c) It causes him to want to write much better than he felt Camus did.
(d) It gives him some ideas about stories he wants to write.
14. What is the award Styron receives?
(a) He didn't receive one, he was giving one.
(b) Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award.
(c) Newberry Award.
(d) Nobel Peace Prize.
15. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?
(a) Illness leads to depression.
(b) Depressed persons have more illnesses.
(c) The mind can better accept that there is a physical cause than a mental one.
(d) Depressed people are clumsy and suffer several injuries.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Styron not able to recover?
2. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?
3. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?
4. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
5. Right before the onset of his depression, Styron begins to suffer from what?
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