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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Gary confess to Styron about Camus's depression?
(a) He had tried to convince Camus to get help.
(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 didn't believe Camus really suffered from depression.

3. 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.

4. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?
(a) Job and Milton.
(b) Albert Camus and Romain Gary.
(c) His son and brother.
(d) His father and brother.

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

6. What drugs does Styron's doctor give him that are NOT recommended for people with depression?
(a) Penicillin and Halcion.
(b) Halcion and Ibuprofen.
(c) Halcion and Ativan.
(d) Prozac and Ativan.

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

8. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because they don't love their families like other people do.
(b) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(c) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.
(d) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.

9. What does Styron say about not returning to France?
(a) He believes one day in the near future he will take his own life.
(b) He had such a miserable time in Paris.
(c) It cost so much to go and he was nearly broke.
(d) He doesn't like to travel.

10. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
(b) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(c) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.
(d) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.

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

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

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

14. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?
(a) He knows his friend will be his friend again.
(b) He is so depressed and lethargic that nothing matters to him.
(c) He knows he will be okay later.
(d) He feels he is justified in getting angry.

15. What starts Styron's downward spiral into depression?
(a) Trouble with his wife.
(b) Being isolated in Connecticut in the winter.
(c) He begins to suffer nausea when drinking alcohol, which he had depended upon.
(d) The loss of several friends to suicide.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Styron calls depression:

3. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

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

5. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?

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