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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) The situation of the walking wounded.
(b) The position of being in a black fog.
(c) A sure suicide.
(d) Potentially criminal people.
2. What note does Styron want to copy for his goodbye letter?
(a) "I am sorry for any pain I cause. My pain is greater."
(b) "Life is no longer worth it."
(c) "This is the end. Don't mourn."
(d) "No more words; an act. I'll never write again."
3. What happens when Styron's medicine is changed?
(a) He can't sleep at night.
(b) His suicidal thoughts cease.
(c) His depression deepens.
(d) He becomes violent and has to be restrained.
4. How does his diary represent his mental state?
(a) It was a treatise on mental illness.
(b) That when he wanted to destroy it, he was close to his own death.
(c) It corresponded to his moods as he wrote about them.
(d) It contained all his thoughts and feelings.
5. How does Styron describe his recovery from depression?
(a) He says he wasn't sure he was cured.
(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 it was a slow, painful process.
6. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?
(a) Its pervasiveness.
(b) Its unrelenting nature.
(c) The inability of the depressed person to absorb pain beyond predictable periods of time.
(d) Its deep intensity.
7. Which novel character does Styron compare himself with?
(a) Captain Ahab from "Moby Dick."
(b) Rhett Butler from "Gone With the Wind."
(c) Lennie from "Of Mice and Men."
(d) Emma Bovary from "Madame Bovary."
8. What does Styron's psychiatrist recommend to him about the hospital?
(a) To go to a hospital in Paris so no one would know.
(b) To avoid the hospital at all costs.
(c) To plan on staying for a year in the hospital.
(d) To go to the hospital for treatment.
9. What does Styron say would prevent many suicides?
(a) Immediate hospitalization.
(b) Stronger medicines.
(c) Strong support from family, friends, and professionsals.
(d) Someone to watch the depressed person at all times.
10. What is Styron's avoidance of death due to?
(a) His love for his wife.
(b) His homage to his mother.
(c) The recognition he got from others.
(d) His writings and intellectual endeavors.
11. Why does he throw his diary in the garbage instead of burning it?
(a) He doesn't want to start a fire and let his friends know what he was doing.
(b) He is afraid of fire, so couldn't bring himself to burn the diary.
(c) It better represents the annihilation of a loathful self, and deserves to be thrown in the garbage as well.
(d) He doesn't want to see any trace, such as ashes.
12. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?
(a) Through his work that was valued by posterity.
(b) By taking medicines prescribed to him.
(c) By declaring war.
(d) By being the best family man he could.
13. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
(a) That suicide is a painless way to go.
(b) That people only have to "buck up."
(c) That all depressed people commit suicide.
(d) The idea that there is one particular cause.
14. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?
(a) Precursors of his plunge into dementia and self-annihilation.
(b) The beauty of the night sky.
(c) The darkness of depression.
(d) The everlasting nature of man's soul.
15. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?
(a) That is was difficult and required a lot of strength.
(b) Writing in his diary helped him recover.
(c) That he just needed some more rest.
(d) Medicines need to be adjusted correctly.
Short Answer Questions
1. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?
2. At the dinner party, how does Styron react to the four friends?
3. What effect does the failure of medicines to act quickly have on the depressed person?
4. Why did Styron's publisher have to reschedule a photo session?
5. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
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