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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styron think of these two people, who were close literary friends?
(a) He thinks they should have won the award.
(b) He doesn't think their writing was very good.
(c) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(d) He thinks they both had depression.

2. Right before the onset of his depression, Styron begins to suffer from what?
(a) Hypochondria.
(b) Lack of sexual interest.
(c) Extreme joy.
(d) Excessive sleepiness.

3. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
(a) His friend, Gary.
(b) His children.
(c) His wife, Rose.
(d) His psychiatrist.

4. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?
(a) Women suffer more than any other group of people.
(b) Children.
(c) Poor people.
(d) Rich people.

5. What bothers Styron about his meeting with Gary's estranged wife?
(a) Gary's wife wasn't very involved with her son.
(b) That Gary was letting his estranged wife live with him.
(c) That he didn't understand her deep depression and what it meant.
(d) Their son was caught between their differences.

6. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?
(a) Does man depend on other men?
(b) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(c) Why does life have hardships?
(d) Is life worth living?

7. What does Styron say about not returning to France?
(a) It cost so much to go and he was nearly broke.
(b) He doesn't like to travel.
(c) He believes one day in the near future he will take his own life.
(d) He had such a miserable time in Paris.

8. 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.

9. At what point in one's life does Styron say the seeds of depression are planted?
(a) In childhood.
(b) There is not one particular time, it varies.
(c) In middle age.
(d) In early adulthood.

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

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

12. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?
(a) Man's alienation from other men.
(b) Depression never causes suicide.
(c) All men suffer from deep depression.
(d) Depression always leads to suicide.

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

14. What city is Styron in at the beginning of the memoir?
(a) Rome.
(b) Paris.
(c) New York.
(d) Atlanta.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the award Styron receives?

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

3. What does Styron say depression is like?

4. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?

5. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?

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