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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.
(b) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.
(c) They didn't believe it.
(d) They were devastated and grieved over it.

3. What does Styron say depression is like?
(a) A sadness.
(b) An extra sleepy mood.
(c) Makes him angry at everyone.
(d) Drowning or suffocation.

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

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

6. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?
(a) He begins to feel the late evening lethargy that always descends.
(b) He runs out and leaves the group he was with.
(c) He finds inspiration for another book.
(d) He complains to his wife about the museum the whole time.

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

8. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?
(a) Write an op-ed piece to the NY Times on depression, discounting the shame most felt about it.
(b) Condemn Levi for his cowardice.
(c) Denounce Levi as his friend.
(d) Plan his own suicide.

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

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

11. 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 early adulthood.
(c) In childhood.
(d) In middle age.

12. What does Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?
(a) He began to suffer greatly from deep depression.
(b) He was afraid he would be suspected in her death.
(c) He finally felt free again.
(d) He was afraid she had committed suicide.

13. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?
(a) Sadness.
(b) Self-hatred or lack of self-esteem.
(c) Intense anxiety.
(d) Loss of friendships.

14. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?
(a) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.
(b) His editor asked him to write the memoir.
(c) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.
(d) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.

15. What does Styron think after his flashback?
(a) That his life has been great.
(b) That he has come full circle.
(c) That he didn't like visiting Paris.
(d) That he did have some good times in the past.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

2. What is the award Styron receives?

3. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?

4. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?

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

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