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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?
(a) That people who commit suicide are justified in doing it.
(b) Most of the time the cause is not one incident, but overwhelming depression.
(c) That people who commit suicide don't love their families.
(d) That only weak people commit suicide.

2. Though Styron admits all professions are susceptible to depression, which profession is the most susceptible?
(a) School teacherrs.
(b) Artistic types.
(c) Doctors.
(d) Lawyers.

3. What clues does Gary reveal that Styron later learns was probably signs of deep depression?
(a) Constant weepiness.
(b) Withdrawal from friendships.
(c) Shaky hands and weak, quiet voice.
(d) Lack of cohesive thought.

4. When is depression at its worst?
(a) Madness.
(b) A blue state.
(c) Painful sorrow.
(d) Fake feelings of sadness.

5. 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) He had tried to convince Camus to get help.
(d) That Gary saw the same depression in himself, though it was controlled.

6. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?
(a) 100%.
(b) 20%.
(c) 60%.
(d) 10%.

7. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?
(a) Condemn Levi for his cowardice.
(b) Denounce Levi as his friend.
(c) Write an op-ed piece to the NY Times on depression, discounting the shame most felt about it.
(d) Plan his own suicide.

8. What does Styron think of these two people, who were close literary friends?
(a) He doesn't think their writing was very good.
(b) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(c) He thinks they should have won the award.
(d) He thinks they both had depression.

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

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

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

12. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
(a) None.
(b) Only five.
(c) More women than men.
(d) Twenty-five.

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

14. What symptoms did Jarrell suffer from that caused Styron to believe in Jarrell's suicide?
(a) Black despondency, violent fluctuation of mood, and his deep depression.
(b) He wanted his wife to have money and his insurance would give it to her.
(c) He often mentioned life wasn't worth living.
(d) He had a terminal illness and was in pain.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say he will do with the prize money he won?

2. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?

3. What do Styron's companions notice about him?

4. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?

5. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?

(see the answer keys)

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