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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Styron indicate he was planning to die?
(a) He revises his will and tries to write a goodbye letter.
(b) He gathers a knife and some towels.
(c) He sends his wife away for a time so he would be alone.
(d) He dresses nicely for the person who will find him.

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

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

4. 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) Psychotherapy.
(d) Freedom from other people and their advise.

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

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

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

8. 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) He gets angry whenever they approach the subject.
(c) They don't think it would help him.
(d) The social stigma and the fact that mental illness is not tangible or visible.

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

10. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) A quack.
(b) His wife.
(c) His friend, Gary.
(d) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."

11. At the dinner party, how does Styron react to the four friends?
(a) He cries throughout the dinner because of his depression.
(b) He is catatonic and does not speak.
(c) He gets angry and speaks hatefully to them.
(d) He brags through the whole dinner party about his accomplishments.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?

3. How does Styron describe his recovery from depression?

4. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?

5. According to Styron, what is a frequent theme in his novels?

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