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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Are all suicides due to weak character?
(b) Is life worth living?
(c) Why does life have hardships?
(d) Does man depend on other men?

4. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
(b) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.
(c) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(d) The title didn't fit the story.

5. 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.

6. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
(a) Cancer and depression.
(b) Influenza and depression.
(c) Melancholia and hypochondria.
(d) Lukemia and depression.

7. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
(b) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(c) The bathrooms have bidets in them.
(d) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.

8. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?
(a) Poor people.
(b) Women suffer more than any other group of people.
(c) Rich people.
(d) Children.

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

10. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?
(a) Paris museums.
(b) His memoir.
(c) The restaurant he went to after getting his award.
(d) The French bidet.

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

12. 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) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.
(c) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.
(d) He can't think clearly anymore.

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

14. 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 depression was a personal thing.
(c) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(d) It makes him realize life is too short.

15. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?
(a) It feels ominous to him.
(b) He thinks it needed lots of work.
(c) He loves spending time there.
(d) He hates the house, preferring Martha's Vineyard.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?

2. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?

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

4. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?

5. What does Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?

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