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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.
(c) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.
(d) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.

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

3. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?
(a) He never really met Hoffman, so didn't do anything for him.
(b) Introduced him to Lady del Duco in hopes of winning the award in the future.
(c) Referred him to a psychiatrist in New York.
(d) Testified for him at a trial in Chicago.

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

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

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

7. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?
(a) Depressed persons have more illnesses.
(b) The mind can better accept that there is a physical cause than a mental one.
(c) Depressed people are clumsy and suffer several injuries.
(d) Illness leads to depression.

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

9. Where did Styron meet Hoffman?
(a) At a writer's conference.
(b) He had never really met him, only talked to him.
(c) At the del Duco award dinner.
(d) At a democratic convention.

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

11. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.
(b) Because they don't love their families like other people do.
(c) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(d) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.

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

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

14. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.
(b) Lack of medicines to treat depression.
(c) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(d) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.

15. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi was such a good writer.
(b) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(c) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(d) Levi was involved in so many good causes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?

3. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?

4. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?

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

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