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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?
2. What does Styron think after his flashback?
(a) That he has come full circle.
(b) That he didn't like visiting Paris.
(c) That he did have some good times in the past.
(d) That his life has been great.
3. Though Styron admits all professions are susceptible to depression, which profession is the most susceptible?
(a) Artistic types.
(b) School teacherrs.
4. 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 middle age.
(c) In childhood.
(d) In early adulthood.
5. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?
(a) He complains to his wife about the museum the whole time.
(b) He finds inspiration for another book.
(c) He runs out and leaves the group he was with.
(d) He begins to feel the late evening lethargy that always descends.
6. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(b) She was cheating on him.
(c) Because of the stigma of suicide.
(d) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
7. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?
(a) People can't understand what it means.
(b) It indicates a weak person.
(c) It is the word for a hole in the ground, which is very demeaning for a name of a major illness.
(d) It has not been heard of before.
8. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?
(a) He knows he will be okay later.
(b) He feels he is justified in getting angry.
(c) He knows his friend will be his friend again.
(d) He is so depressed and lethargic that nothing matters to him.
9. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.
(b) The bathrooms have bidets in them.
(c) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(d) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
10. Styron calls depression:
(a) Disorder of mood.
(b) Very common.
(c) Terrible sadness.
(d) Very rare.
11. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(b) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
(c) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.
(d) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
12. 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) It cost so much to go and he was nearly broke.
(c) He had such a miserable time in Paris.
(d) He doesn't like to travel.
13. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?
(a) "Madness breeds madness."
(b) "I have felt the wind of the wing of madness."
(c) "Madness is but a figment of the imagination."
(d) "Man's madness is his downfall."
14. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?
15. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It had no effect on his mood.
(b) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.
(c) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.
(d) It is an upper, but depressed him.
Short Answer Questions
1. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
2. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?
3. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?
4. Where does Styron spend his summers?
5. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?
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