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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is Styron's first dream in many months?
(a) A flock of Canadian geese.
(b) A flute, a wild goose, and a dancing girl.
(c) His wife leaving him.
(d) A demon, a fire, and his own death.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. 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.

12. What is a probable reason that Styron's doctor or family don't suggest hospitalization for him?
(a) They don't know he was that bad.
(b) They don't think it would help him.
(c) The social stigma and the fact that mental illness is not tangible or visible.
(d) He gets angry whenever they approach the subject.

13. Why did Styron's publisher have to reschedule a photo session?
(a) Styron had only smiled in a few pictures but still looked as if in despair.
(b) Styron had left to go to Paris.
(c) Styron refused to come out of his room.
(d) Styron was in the hospital.

14. During the dinner party, what does Styron do with his diary?
(a) He hides it from his friends and wife.
(b) He gives it to a friend to publish.
(c) He wraps it and throws it in the garbage.
(d) He reads portions of it to his friends.

15. Though depression tends to recur, what advantage do sufferers of recurrence have?
(a) They know it is curable and know how to work through it.
(b) Their family knows what to do for them.
(c) They know the best doctors and hospitals to use.
(d) They are already on medicines.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new approach does Styron's psychiatrist use?

2. What reason does Styron give for taking the prescribed medicines without question?

3. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?

4. What is the hardest piece of writing Styron attempted during his depression?

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

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