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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?
(a) He was such a good writer.
(b) He was so valuable to mankind.
(c) He was so young and vital.
(d) He was not really depressed, so why did he commit suicide?

4. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?
(a) 15.
(b) Mid-20's.
(c) 35.
(d) 40.

5. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?
(a) Gary.
(b) Dante.
(c) Camus.
(d) Chaucer.

6. How did Levi commit suicide?
(a) Hurled himself down a flight of stairs.
(b) Hung himself.
(c) Took an overdose of pills.
(d) Stepped in front of a moving car.

7. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?
(a) "The Stranger."
(b) "The Long Day."
(c) "Paradise Lost."
(d) "Reflections of Life."

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

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

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

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

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

13. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?
(a) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.
(b) His editor asked him to write the memoir.
(c) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.
(d) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.

14. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.
(b) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(c) Early loss, weak character, and no support.
(d) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?

2. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?

3. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

4. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?

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

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