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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What bothers Styron about his meeting with Gary's estranged wife?
(a) That he didn't understand her deep depression and what it meant.
(b) Their son was caught between their differences.
(c) Gary's wife wasn't very involved with her son.
(d) That Gary was letting his estranged wife live with him.

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

3. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?
(a) Damp weather.
(b) Severe depression and resulting lethargy.
(c) Bronchitis.
(d) Screaming until he was hoarse.

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

5. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
(a) He had never experienced depression himself, so had no real clue.
(b) He didn't believe in depression at the time.
(c) Camus hid it very well because he was embarrassed by it.
(d) He didn't know Camus very well.

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

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

8. At what point in one's life does Styron say the seeds of depression are planted?
(a) There is not one particular time, it varies.
(b) In childhood.
(c) In middle age.
(d) In early adulthood.

9. What does Styron say the award he received should have done for him?
(a) Make him new friends.
(b) Restore his ego.
(c) Make him famous.
(d) Pay all his bills.

10. During one sleepless episode, what does Styron realize about his illness?
(a) That he needs to get a handle on it.
(b) It will take his life if allowed to continue.
(c) That he is recovering.
(d) That he is a very weak person to let it rule his life.

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

12. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?
(a) 35.
(b) Mid-20's.
(c) 15.
(d) 40.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?

2. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?

3. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?

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

5. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?

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