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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?
(a) It eventually becomes non-existent.
(b) He begins to write much faster and more productively.
(c) His writing doesn't make sense.
(d) He gets published much easier.
2. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?
(a) Slowly in increments.
(b) It hit him suddenly one night.
(c) A slight sadness intensified rapidly over time.
(d) He really didn't know how it happened.
3. What bothers Styron about his meeting with Gary's estranged wife?
(a) That Gary was letting his estranged wife live with him.
(b) Their son was caught between their differences.
(c) Gary's wife wasn't very involved with her son.
(d) That he didn't understand her deep depression and what it meant.
4. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(b) She was cheating on him.
(c) She didn't believe he committed suicide.
(d) Because of the stigma of suicide.
5. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?
(a) Screaming until he was hoarse.
(b) Severe depression and resulting lethargy.
(d) Damp weather.
6. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.
(b) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.
(c) They didn't believe it.
(d) They were devastated and grieved over it.
7. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?
(b) Self-hatred or lack of self-esteem.
(c) Intense anxiety.
(d) Loss of friendships.
8. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Lukemia and depression.
(b) Cancer and depression.
(c) Influenza and depression.
(d) Melancholia and hypochondria.
9. What city is Styron in at the beginning of the memoir?
(c) New York.
10. When is depression at its worst?
(b) A blue state.
(c) Fake feelings of sadness.
(d) Painful sorrow.
11. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?
(a) Depressed people are clumsy and suffer several injuries.
(b) Illness leads to depression.
(c) Depressed persons have more illnesses.
(d) The mind can better accept that there is a physical cause than a mental one.
12. What does Styron say the award he received should have done for him?
(a) Make him new friends.
(b) Restore his ego.
(c) Pay all his bills.
(d) Make him famous.
13. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
(a) More women than men.
(b) Only five.
14. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?
(a) That people who commit suicide are justified in doing it.
(b) That only weak people commit suicide.
(c) Most of the time the cause is not one incident, but overwhelming depression.
(d) That people who commit suicide don't love their families.
15. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?
(a) He hates the house, preferring Martha's Vineyard.
(b) He loves spending time there.
(c) He thinks it needed lots of work.
(d) It feels ominous to him.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
2. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
3. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?
4. Where does Styron spend his summers?
5. How does Styron's body feel in the beginning of his depression?
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