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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the old term for depression?
(a) Manic depressive.
(b) Mania.
(c) Mental deficit.
(d) Melancholia.

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

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

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

5. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(b) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(c) Levi was involved in so many good causes.
(d) Levi was such a good writer.

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

7. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
(b) It makes him realize life is too short.
(c) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(d) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.

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

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(b) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.
(c) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.
(d) Lack of medicines to treat depression.

13. 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) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.
(d) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Right before the onset of his depression, Styron begins to suffer from what?

2. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?

3. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?

4. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?

5. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?

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