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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?
(a) Cocaine and alcohol.
(b) Tobacco and alcohol.
(c) Alcohol and Halcion.
(d) Heroin and tobacco.

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

7. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?
(a) 100%.
(b) 60%.
(c) 20%.
(d) 10%.

8. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?
(a) They temporarily restore his good feelings.
(b) He thinks they are graceful.
(c) He tries to shoot them.
(d) He is frozen in anxiety at the sight of them.

9. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?
(a) Why does life have hardships?
(b) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(c) Does man depend on other men?
(d) Is life worth living?

10. Who is the doctor from Johns Hopkins who gave the name depression to the disease?
(a) Dr. Gold.
(b) Dr. Adkins.
(c) Dr. Adolf Meier.
(d) An unnamed psychiatrist.

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

12. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?
(a) Intense anxiety.
(b) Loss of friendships.
(c) Sadness.
(d) Self-hatred or lack of self-esteem.

13. What symptoms did Jarrell suffer from that caused Styron to believe in Jarrell's suicide?
(a) He often mentioned life wasn't worth living.
(b) He had a terminal illness and was in pain.
(c) Black despondency, violent fluctuation of mood, and his deep depression.
(d) He wanted his wife to have money and his insurance would give it to her.

14. 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.

15. Which group of people does depression never happen to?
(a) People younger than their teens.
(b) Older people who have gotten a grasp on life.
(c) None are excluded; it attacks all groups.
(d) Mothers who enjoy their role.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what point in one's life does Styron say the seeds of depression are planted?

2. During one sleepless episode, what does Styron realize about his illness?

3. What characteristic of depression make Styron's memoir limited in benefit?

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

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

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