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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many people thought Styron was weak.
(b) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.
(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. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Influenza and depression.
(b) Lukemia and depression.
(c) Melancholia and hypochondria.
(d) Cancer and depression.

3. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?
(a) He was a political activist.
(b) He was Styron's psychiatrist.
(c) He was a fellow writer and philosopher.
(d) He was a family member so depressed that he had no profession.

4. What is the old term for depression?
(a) Manic depressive.
(b) Melancholia.
(c) Mental deficit.
(d) Mania.

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

6. Who is the doctor from Johns Hopkins who gave the name depression to the disease?
(a) Dr. Gold.
(b) An unnamed psychiatrist.
(c) Dr. Adkins.
(d) Dr. Adolf Meier.

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

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

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

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

11. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It is an upper, but depressed him.
(b) It had no effect on his mood.
(c) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.
(d) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.

12. Styron calls depression:
(a) Disorder of mood.
(b) Very common.
(c) Very rare.
(d) Terrible sadness.

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

14. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?
(a) "Madness is but a figment of the imagination."
(b) "Madness breeds madness."
(c) "Man's madness is his downfall."
(d) "I have felt the wind of the wing of madness."

15. Which group of people does depression never happen to?
(a) Older people who have gotten a grasp on life.
(b) People younger than their teens.
(c) Mothers who enjoy their role.
(d) None are excluded; it attacks all groups.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Gary's ex-wife?

2. Though Styron admits all professions are susceptible to depression, which profession is the most susceptible?

3. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?

4. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?

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

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