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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What happens to Styron's speech as he becomes more depressed?
(a) It becomes very rapid.
(b) It slows to a halting rate.
(c) Nothing happens to his speech.
(d) He is unable to make certain sounds.

3. What does Styron say would prevent many suicides?
(a) Stronger medicines.
(b) Strong support from family, friends, and professionsals.
(c) Immediate hospitalization.
(d) Someone to watch the depressed person at all times.

4. What does the depression and sense of hopelessness cause Styron to do?
(a) Run away from his wife and home.
(b) Go to bed for hours every day.
(c) Write even more in an attempt to understand it.
(d) Try to kill himself.

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

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

7. What is Styron's diary a symbol of?
(a) His path through depression.
(b) His writing goals.
(c) His hopelessness in the face of depression.
(d) His self-esteem and self-worth.

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

9. 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."

10. Which writer does Styron quote as saying he had "lost the right path"?
(a) Dante.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Gary.
(d) Camus.

11. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?
(a) His wife cheated on him.
(b) His doctor treated him with the wrong drug.
(c) He could not longer drink any alcohol at all.
(d) His friends deserted him.

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

13. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?
(a) He takes naps and had nightmares during the nap.
(b) He has to go to his doctor every afternoon.
(c) He suffers from panic and anxiety.
(d) He gets sleepy and couldn't work.

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

15. Why does he throw his diary in the garbage instead of burning it?
(a) He doesn't want to see any trace, such as ashes.
(b) It better represents the annihilation of a loathful self, and deserves to be thrown in the garbage as well.
(c) He doesn't want to start a fire and let his friends know what he was doing.
(d) He is afraid of fire, so couldn't bring himself to burn the diary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron believe he needs to get well that can be provided by the hospital?

2. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?

3. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?

4. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?

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

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