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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Styron names a number of writers, poets, and sculptors who have what common underlying theme in their work?
(a) Longevity.
(b) Depression.
(c) Love.
(d) Beauty.

2. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?
(a) It interferes with their work.
(b) The inability to explain and convey it to others who haven't had it.
(c) Frequent hospitalizations with their depresion interrupts their lives.
(d) It affects many of their families.

3. What did alcohol do for Styron that he considered positive?
(a) It kept him from catching illnesses.
(b) It made him feel high.
(c) It kept anxiety and his imaginings at bay.
(d) It helped him relax with his friends.

4. What reason does Styron give for taking the prescribed medicines without question?
(a) He was too depressed to notice.
(b) He didn't know anything about the medicine.
(c) His doctor threathened the hospital if he didn't take it.
(d) He was told the medicine was harmless.

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

6. What does this music make him realize?
(a) That music could restore his soul.
(b) That he didn't want to life any more.
(c) That he couldn't leave all the pleasant memories that the house around him held.
(d) That his suicide would hurt his wife too much.

7. What events led to Abraham Lincoln suffering depression and even attempting suicide?
(a) His wife's infidelity.
(b) The death of his mother when he was 9 and his sister 10 years later.
(c) The Civil War.
(d) Slavery in the South.

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

9. What does the doctor tell Styron about his medicine, Halcion, and its dosage?
(a) It is the best medicine.
(b) It is three times the normal dose and not recommended for men his age.
(c) It is not effective for depression.
(d) He needs a much larger dose.

10. How does his diary represent his mental state?
(a) It contained all his thoughts and feelings.
(b) It was a treatise on mental illness.
(c) That when he wanted to destroy it, he was close to his own death.
(d) It corresponded to his moods as he wrote about them.

11. Styron dates the onset of his deep depression to what event?
(a) His chilren all leaving home.
(b) His wife's leaving him.
(c) His inability to drink alcohol.
(d) The death of several of his friends.

12. What does Styron say family and friends should continue to do for the depressed person?
(a) Validate their worth and sense of self.
(b) Make them talk about their problems.
(c) Watch them constantly to prevent suicide.
(d) Tell them to cheer up and get over it.

13. How long does Styron have to stay in the hospital?
(a) Almost a year.
(b) Two weeks.
(c) A month.
(d) Seven weeks.

14. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
(a) A hole in his heart.
(b) A black tempest.
(c) An excruciating pain.
(d) A deep hole.

15. 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) Build better relationships to overcome depression.
(c) Cheer up people who suffer from depression with their works.
(d) Overcome the effects of depression that overcome artists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Styron say depression was no stranger when it came to him?

2. Why does Styron think of his mother as he listens to the music?

3. What note does Styron want to copy for his goodbye letter?

4. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?

5. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?

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