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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?
(a) A superhuman ability to endure physical pain for a time.
(b) Mental pain doesn't disable one as much as physical pain.
(c) Depression hurts worse.
(d) Ones in physical pain receive medicine but don't get better.

2. What does he think about art therapy?
(a) Too difficult hard.
(b) Skeptical because of the teacher's overly effusive praise, but eventually likes it.
(c) A waste of time.
(d) He would rather write than paint or draw.

3. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.
(b) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.
(c) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(d) Take long walks in the woods.

4. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?
(a) By taking medicines prescribed to him.
(b) Through his work that was valued by posterity.
(c) By being the best family man he could.
(d) By declaring war.

5. What is the second stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Euphoria.
(c) Physical pain.
(d) Dependency.

6. What reaction does Styron have to group therapy?
(a) It is the major source of his healing.
(b) It makes him seeth but gives him a way to pass the time.
(c) He has no reaction to it, and just endures it.
(d) He doesn't participate.

7. According to Styron, what is a frequent theme in his novels?
(a) Friendships.
(b) Family support.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Death.

8. What does Styron say about people who survive a depressive episode?
(a) They come out with few permanent wounds.
(b) They are weak people who just happened to endure an episode.
(c) They are very strong people but succumb to a weakness.
(d) They are permanently damaged mentally.

9. How does Styron mange to avoid the recommended shock treatment?
(a) His doctor doesn't believe in it.
(b) He begins to get better immediately.
(c) He pretends that he had already had it.
(d) He refuses to let them do it.

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

11. 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.

12. For Styron, what is the most devastating loss of physical functions?
(a) His ability to sleep and lack of dreaming.
(b) His agility and interest in sports.
(c) His sexual drive.
(d) His ability to stay awake during the day.

13. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?
(a) To satisfy his wife, who demanded he get treatment.
(b) To get help for his friend, Camus.
(c) To receive the medicines he thought would help him.
(d) To look good to the press.

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

15. Why does Styron think of his mother as he listens to the music?
(a) She played it on the piano.
(b) He had heard her sing it.
(c) It was played at her funeral.
(d) It spoke of a lady like her.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?

2. To what does Styron compare medical treatment for depression?

3. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?

4. How does Styron respond to the experimental approach?

5. What is Styron's avoidance of death due to?

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