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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What two feelings does Styron experience as he planned his suicide?
(a) Terror and fascination.
(b) Love for his wife and hopelessness for himself.
(c) Hopelessness and despair.
(d) Despondency and fear.

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

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

6. 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 sexual drive.
(d) His ability to sleep and lack of dreaming.

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

8. How does Styron respond to the experimental approach?
(a) He immediately got better.
(b) He was in mental anguish, wanting immediate relief.
(c) He demanded another drug.
(d) He didn't notice anything, but was hopeful so did better.

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

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

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

12. What new approach does Styron's psychiatrist use?
(a) Pharmacological, without physical and mental support.
(b) DSM recommendations.
(c) Psychoanalysis.
(d) Disattachment therapy.

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

14. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?
(a) To receive the medicines he thought would help him.
(b) To get help for his friend, Camus.
(c) To look good to the press.
(d) To satisfy his wife, who demanded he get treatment.

15. What is Styron's avoidance of death due to?
(a) His love for his wife.
(b) The recognition he got from others.
(c) His homage to his mother.
(d) His writings and intellectual endeavors.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which novel character does Styron compare himself with?

2. During the dinner party, what does Styron do with his diary?

3. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?

4. From Job to Styron's day, he says artists and writers have been trying to do what?

5. At the dinner party, how does Styron react to the four friends?

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