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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.
(b) His wife left him.
(c) His whole family rejected him.
(d) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.

2. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?
(a) Camus leaves on his honeymoon.
(b) Camus gets upset at Styron for his moods.
(c) Camus leaves Paris.
(d) Camus dies in a car accident.

3. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?
(a) He can't think clearly anymore.
(b) He can't talk to his wife any more.
(c) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.
(d) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.

4. What drugs does Styron's doctor give him that are NOT recommended for people with depression?
(a) Prozac and Ativan.
(b) Penicillin and Halcion.
(c) Halcion and Ativan.
(d) Halcion and Ibuprofen.

5. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?
(a) Begin suffering from depression and are in danger of suicide also.
(b) Grieve longer than for death from other reasons.
(c) Deny that the death was suicide.
(d) Denounce their loved one.

6. 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 begins to feel the late evening lethargy that always descends.
(d) He runs out and leaves the group he was with.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What does Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?
(a) He was afraid he would be suspected in her death.
(b) He finally felt free again.
(c) He was afraid she had committed suicide.
(d) He began to suffer greatly from deep depression.

13. What clues does Gary reveal that Styron later learns was probably signs of deep depression?
(a) Withdrawal from friendships.
(b) Lack of cohesive thought.
(c) Constant weepiness.
(d) Shaky hands and weak, quiet voice.

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

15. What do Styron's companions notice about him?
(a) He is very sleepy.
(b) He is disoriented.
(c) He is angry at his friends.
(d) That he appears not to feel well.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?

3. What symptoms did Jarrell suffer from that caused Styron to believe in Jarrell's suicide?

4. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?

5. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?

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