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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?
(a) Testified for him at a trial in Chicago.
(b) Referred him to a psychiatrist in New York.
(c) He never really met Hoffman, so didn't do anything for him.
(d) Introduced him to Lady del Duco in hopes of winning the award in the future.

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

3. 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 was afraid he would be suspected in her death.
(c) He began to suffer greatly from deep depression.
(d) He finally felt free again.

4. Why is it hard for Styron to recognize depression in his friend, Gary?
(a) Because Gary always had a melancholy typical of Europeans.
(b) Because Gary was so good at hiding his feelings.
(c) Because he rarely talked to Gary.
(d) Because he didn't know what depression looked like.

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

6. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?
(a) William Styron.
(b) Romain Gary.
(c) Cino del Duco
(d) Rose Styron.

7. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(b) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.
(c) Lack of medicines to treat depression.
(d) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.

8. At what point in one's life does Styron say the seeds of depression are planted?
(a) There is not one particular time, it varies.
(b) In middle age.
(c) In childhood.
(d) In early adulthood.

9. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?
(a) Depression never causes suicide.
(b) Man's alienation from other men.
(c) Depression always leads to suicide.
(d) All men suffer from deep depression.

10. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?
(a) Camus dies in a car accident.
(b) Camus leaves on his honeymoon.
(c) Camus leaves Paris.
(d) Camus gets upset at Styron for his moods.

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

12. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?
(a) He begins to feel the late evening lethargy that always descends.
(b) He complains to his wife about the museum the whole time.
(c) He runs out and leaves the group he was with.
(d) He finds inspiration for another book.

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

14. What is the old term for depression?
(a) Mental deficit.
(b) Mania.
(c) Melancholia.
(d) Manic depressive.

15. Who is the doctor from Johns Hopkins who gave the name depression to the disease?
(a) Dr. Gold.
(b) Dr. Adkins.
(c) An unnamed psychiatrist.
(d) Dr. Adolf Meier.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the award Styron receives?

2. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?

3. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?

4. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?

5. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?

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