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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where does Styron spend his summers?
(a) In Paris.
(b) On his farm in Connecticut.
(c) In Florida.
(d) At Martha's Vineyard.

3. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?
(a) His writing doesn't make sense.
(b) He begins to write much faster and more productively.
(c) He gets published much easier.
(d) It eventually becomes non-existent.

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

5. What is the award Styron receives?
(a) Nobel Peace Prize.
(b) He didn't receive one, he was giving one.
(c) Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award.
(d) Newberry Award.

6. 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 love their families like other people do.
(c) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.
(d) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.

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

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

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

10. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?
(a) 67.
(b) 39.
(c) 26.
(d) 74.

11. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?
(a) "Man's madness is his downfall."
(b) "I have felt the wind of the wing of madness."
(c) "Madness is but a figment of the imagination."
(d) "Madness breeds madness."

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

13. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?
(a) They didn't believe it.
(b) They were devastated and grieved over it.
(c) They tried to ignore him and his work after that.
(d) They were mystified and believed him to be weak.

14. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
(a) He didn't know Camus very well.
(b) He didn't believe in depression at the time.
(c) He had never experienced depression himself, so had no real clue.
(d) Camus hid it very well because he was embarrassed by it.

15. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many felt he didn't deserve the del Duco award.
(b) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.
(c) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.
(d) Many people thought Styron was weak.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

3. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?

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

5. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?

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