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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two things does Styron believe led to his depression?
(a) His wife's infidelity and the loss of his job.
(b) His mother's death and a hereditary factor through his father.
(c) His physical illness and his anxiety.
(d) Chemical dependence and illness.

2. What note does Styron want to copy for his goodbye letter?
(a) "Life is no longer worth it."
(b) "No more words; an act. I'll never write again."
(c) "This is the end. Don't mourn."
(d) "I am sorry for any pain I cause. My pain is greater."

3. According to Styron, what is the touchstone of depression?
(a) Support.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Loss.

4. What effect does the failure of medicines to act quickly have on the depressed person?
(a) It keeps them in a state of anxiety and hopelessness.
(b) They get better even though the medicines don't work.
(c) They give up and do something different.
(d) Many of them commit suicide.

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

6. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?
(a) The inability of the depressed person to absorb pain beyond predictable periods of time.
(b) Its pervasiveness.
(c) Its deep intensity.
(d) Its unrelenting nature.

7. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Total care by a loved one.
(c) A life of horror.
(d) Long term hospitalization.

8. What does Styron believe he needs to get well that can be provided by the hospital?
(a) More medicine.
(b) A controlled environment and more time.
(c) Freedom from other people and their advise.
(d) Psychotherapy.

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

10. What does Styron say is absent in depression that causes it to be so difficult to endure?
(a) Medicine to treat it.
(b) Good hospitals.
(c) Doctors who know what to do.
(d) The hope of deliverance is absent and makes it almost impossible to endure.

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

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

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

14. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?
(a) That family and friends will be supportive.
(b) That it will eventually subside and healing will occur.
(c) That suicide will relieve their distress.
(d) That medicines can cure depression and it will never recur.

15. What is a common occurrence in people planning suicide?
(a) A revision of their will.
(b) A second self who observes the self planning its destruction.
(c) Sending all family away for a time.
(d) Detailed plans for their death.

Short Answer Questions

1. What events led to Abraham Lincoln suffering depression and even attempting suicide?

2. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?

3. Why did Styron's publisher have to reschedule a photo session?

4. What famous poet does Styron name as an example of excellent works by a depressed person?

5. What three brand-name items does Styron use to destroy his diary?

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