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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Styron's literary guide?
(a) Romain Gary.
(b) Abbie Hoffman.
(c) Cino del Duca.
(d) Albert Camus.

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

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

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

5. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because of the stigma of suicide.
(b) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(c) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(d) She was cheating on him.

6. Where does Styron spend his summers?
(a) In Florida.
(b) In Paris.
(c) On his farm in Connecticut.
(d) At Martha's Vineyard.

7. What does Gary confess to Styron about Camus's depression?
(a) He knew Camus was going to commit suicide and did nothing about it.
(b) That Gary saw the same depression in himself, though it was controlled.
(c) He had tried to convince Camus to get help.
(d) He didn't believe Camus really suffered from depression.

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

9. What is Styron not able to recover?
(a) His family.
(b) His friendships.
(c) His lucidity.
(d) His fame.

10. 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) Pay off all old debts so he could concentrate on writing.
(c) Retire early and write.
(d) Give it all to charity.

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

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

13. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?
(a) That his friends must be weak.
(b) That he would soon have to face the fact that his own suicide is his only way out.
(c) That life isn't worth living.
(d) That he isn't a very good friend to others since he can't help them.

14. 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) Plan his own suicide.
(d) Denounce Levi as his friend.

15. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
(a) It meant there was another suicide in his circle of friends.
(b) It meant he had to go to his luncheon with Lady del Duco.
(c) It meant Camus couldn't hear about winning the award.
(d) Because it meant he barely missed getting to meet the man whose writing he so admired.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?

2. How does Styron's body feel in the beginning of his depression?

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

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

5. When is depression at its worst?

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