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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(c) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
(d) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.

2. What city is Styron in at the beginning of the memoir?
(a) New York.
(b) Paris.
(c) Rome.
(d) Atlanta.

3. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?
(a) Gary.
(b) Camus.
(c) Dante.
(d) Chaucer.

4. Where did Styron meet Hoffman?
(a) At the del Duco award dinner.
(b) At a writer's conference.
(c) He had never really met him, only talked to him.
(d) At a democratic convention.

5. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.
(b) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(c) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.
(d) Because of Jarrell's depression and the fact there was no reason for him to be on the road on which he was struck by a car.

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

7. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize life is too short.
(b) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
(c) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(d) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.

8. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
(a) His wife, Rose.
(b) His friend, Gary.
(c) His children.
(d) His psychiatrist.

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

10. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi was involved in so many good causes.
(b) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(c) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(d) Levi was such a good writer.

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

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

13. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
(b) The bathrooms have bidets in them.
(c) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(d) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.

14. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?
(a) Is life worth living?
(b) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(c) Does man depend on other men?
(d) Why does life have hardships?

15. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?
(a) Alcohol and Halcion.
(b) Cocaine and alcohol.
(c) Tobacco and alcohol.
(d) Heroin and tobacco.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?

2. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?

3. During one sleepless episode, what does Styron realize about his illness?

4. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?

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

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