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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the third stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Extreme fear of abandonment.
(c) Seclusion.
(d) Withdrawal.

2. What famous poet does Styron name as an example of excellent works by a depressed person?
(a) Walt Whitman.
(b) Emily Dickinson.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Emily Bronte.

3. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) A quack.
(b) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."
(c) His wife.
(d) His friend, Gary.

4. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) Potentially criminal people.
(b) The situation of the walking wounded.
(c) A sure suicide.
(d) The position of being in a black fog.

5. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?
(a) That he just needed some more rest.
(b) Medicines need to be adjusted correctly.
(c) That is was difficult and required a lot of strength.
(d) Writing in his diary helped him recover.

6. In addition to anxiety, what other characteristic of depression becomes manifest?
(a) An inability to be still, constantly moving.
(b) Incessant talking.
(c) Argumentative with family and friends.
(d) Deep, dark imaginings.

7. What is the hardest piece of writing Styron attempted during his depression?
(a) His goodbye letter.
(b) He stopped writing altogether.
(c) Poetry, due to its emotional nature.
(d) Any upbeat writing.

8. What therapies are used in the hospital?
(a) Shock treatment and medicines.
(b) Group therapy, art therapy, and watching TV shows.
(c) Medicines and psychotherapy.
(d) No therapies; Styron just rested.

9. From Job to Styron's day, he says artists and writers have been trying to do what?
(a) Explain the blackness of the fantasia of depression.
(b) Cheer up people who suffer from depression with their works.
(c) Build better relationships to overcome depression.
(d) Overcome the effects of depression that overcome artists.

10. What does Styron do about his physical disabilities?
(a) He undergoes several thousands of dollars of testing to find out he was physically fine.
(b) Welcomes the possibility that he might die from one of them.
(c) Gets scared he was going to die.
(d) Stops work and stays at home.

11. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?
(a) Incomplete mourning.
(b) Dark depression.
(c) Lifelong loss.
(d) Insurmountable loss.

12. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?
(a) Discovering how early diagnoses can be made or predicted.
(b) Discovering a cure.
(c) Discovering which medicines are most effective.
(d) Discovering what causes depressed people to commit suicide.

13. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?
(a) Melodramatic, one part of him the actor, and one part of him the audience.
(b) It was fully deserved.
(c) He was going to choose a painless method.
(d) He knew he would hurt his wife, but had to do it.

14. How does Styron describe his recovery from depression?
(a) He says it was a slow, painful process.
(b) He says he suddenly felt like a body with sweet bodily juices flowing through him.
(c) He says he was suddenly ecstatic.
(d) He says he wasn't sure he was cured.

15. In the movie, "Through a Glass Darkly," the hallucination that the actress has is about what?
(a) A spider trying to sexually attack her.
(b) Snakes crawling on the ceiling.
(c) Monsters in her closet.
(d) Getting lost in the woods

Short Answer Questions

1. What does he think about art therapy?

2. How does Styron mange to avoid the recommended shock treatment?

3. What happens to Styron's speech as he becomes more depressed?

4. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?

5. What does Styron say is absent in depression that causes it to be so difficult to endure?

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