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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(b) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(c) She was cheating on him.
(d) Because of the stigma of suicide.

4. What brings about Styron's flashback at the beginning of the story?
(a) Visiting the museum.
(b) Winning the award.
(c) Seeing his two friends.
(d) Seeing the Hotel.

5. What is Styron not able to recover?
(a) His family.
(b) His friendships.
(c) His lucidity.
(d) His fame.

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

7. How did Levi commit suicide?
(a) Stepped in front of a moving car.
(b) Hung himself.
(c) Took an overdose of pills.
(d) Hurled himself down a flight of stairs.

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

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

10. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) Whether to tell his wife or not.
(b) What doctor to see about it.
(c) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(d) Whether to admit it to the press or not.

11. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.
(b) Early loss, weak character, and no support.
(c) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(d) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.

12. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?
(a) He was not really depressed, so why did he commit suicide?
(b) He was so young and vital.
(c) He was so valuable to mankind.
(d) He was such a good writer.

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

14. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?
(a) 67.
(b) 74.
(c) 39.
(d) 26.

15. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) His wife left him.
(b) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.
(c) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.
(d) His whole family rejected him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron think after his flashback?

2. What does Styron think of these two people, who were close literary friends?

3. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?

4. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?

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

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