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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styron say he will do with the prize money he won?
(a) Give most to charity but save a small portion for a personal matter.
(b) Give it all to charity.
(c) Retire early and write.
(d) Pay off all old debts so he could concentrate on writing.

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

3. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(b) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.
(c) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
(d) The bathrooms have bidets in them.

4. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
(a) It causes him to want to write much better than he felt Camus did.
(b) It leads to his using a narrator on death row to tell the story in "Confessions of Nat Turner."
(c) It gives him some ideas about stories he wants to write.
(d) It causes him to stop writing for a while.

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

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

7. 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 they don't have a very strong will to live.
(d) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.

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

9. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?
(a) He can't talk to his wife any more.
(b) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.
(c) He can't think clearly anymore.
(d) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.

10. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?
(a) Slowly in increments.
(b) He really didn't know how it happened.
(c) It hit him suddenly one night.
(d) A slight sadness intensified rapidly over time.

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

12. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?
(a) 1989.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1990.

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

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

15. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?
(a) He gets published much easier.
(b) His writing doesn't make sense.
(c) He begins to write much faster and more productively.
(d) It eventually becomes non-existent.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?

2. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?

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

4. Where does Styron spend his summers?

5. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?

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