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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?
(a) It has not been heard of before.
(b) It is the word for a hole in the ground, which is very demeaning for a name of a major illness.
(c) It indicates a weak person.
(d) People can't understand what it means.

2. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They were devastated and grieved over it.
(b) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.
(c) They didn't believe it.
(d) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.

3. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?
(a) He hates the house, preferring Martha's Vineyard.
(b) He thinks it needed lots of work.
(c) He loves spending time there.
(d) It feels ominous to him.

4. What does Styron think after his flashback?
(a) That he has come full circle.
(b) That his life has been great.
(c) That he did have some good times in the past.
(d) That he didn't like visiting Paris.

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

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

7. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?
(a) That they had no other way to escape.
(b) That they were always good writers.
(c) That they were weak and couldn't handle pain.
(d) That secrecy and shame are not the right reaction.

8. What characteristic of depression make Styron's memoir limited in benefit?
(a) He couldn't give good advice because the depression made him suicidal.
(b) He had to be hospitalized so couldn't finish the memoir in the manner he wanted.
(c) He couldn't write so well because of the immobility of depression.
(d) Its complexity made the memoir about only one person limited.

9. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?
(a) He begins to write much faster and more productively.
(b) His writing doesn't make sense.
(c) It eventually becomes non-existent.
(d) He gets published much easier.

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

11. 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 do some who suffered commit suicide while others don't?
(c) What medicines are effective?
(d) Why would a person who has everything still be depressed?

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

13. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?
(a) His best friend.
(b) His mind.
(c) His check for $25,000.
(d) Control of his anger.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What symptoms did Jarrell suffer from that caused Styron to believe in Jarrell's suicide?

2. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?

3. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?

4. When is depression at its worst?

5. How did Levi commit suicide?

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