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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Though Styron admits all professions are susceptible to depression, which profession is the most susceptible?
(a) Artistic types.
(b) Doctors.
(c) Lawyers.
(d) School teacherrs.

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

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

7. What does Styron say depression is like?
(a) An extra sleepy mood.
(b) Makes him angry at everyone.
(c) A sadness.
(d) Drowning or suffocation.

8. When is depression at its worst?
(a) Painful sorrow.
(b) Madness.
(c) Fake feelings of sadness.
(d) A blue state.

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

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

11. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.
(b) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.
(c) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(d) Because of Jarrell's depression and the fact there was no reason for him to be on the road on which he was struck by a car.

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

13. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
(a) More women than men.
(b) Only five.
(c) Twenty-five.
(d) None.

14. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) What doctor to see about it.
(b) Whether to admit it to the press or not.
(c) Whether to tell his wife or not.
(d) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?

2. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?

3. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?

4. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?

5. What bothers Styron about his meeting with Gary's estranged wife?

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