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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the phenomenon in which young victims of loss harbor guilt and rage for their entire lives?
(a) Depression.
(b) Incomplete mourning.
(c) Fear and anxiety.
(d) Lack of bonding.

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

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

4. 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) Chemical dependence and illness.
(d) His physical illness and his anxiety.

5. In the movie, "Through a Glass Darkly," the hallucination that the actress has is about what?
(a) A spider trying to sexually attack her.
(b) Monsters in her closet.
(c) Getting lost in the woods
(d) Snakes crawling on the ceiling.

6. 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.

7. Styron compares the theories about depression to the theories about what?
(a) Dinosaurs and Black Holes.
(b) Evolution.
(c) Creation.
(d) The world is square/round debate.

8. 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 are already on medicines.
(d) They know the best doctors and hospitals to use.

9. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?
(a) It interferes with their work.
(b) It affects many of their families.
(c) The inability to explain and convey it to others who haven't had it.
(d) Frequent hospitalizations with their depresion interrupts their lives.

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

11. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?
(a) That is was difficult and required a lot of strength.
(b) That he just needed some more rest.
(c) Medicines need to be adjusted correctly.
(d) Writing in his diary helped him recover.

12. What is Styron's reaction to being admitted to the hospital?
(a) He is depressed about it.
(b) He feels safe for the first time since he became depressed.
(c) He is afraid his friends will desert him.
(d) He is afraid his wife will leave him.

13. What therapies are used in the hospital?
(a) Medicines and psychotherapy.
(b) Group therapy, art therapy, and watching TV shows.
(c) Shock treatment and medicines.
(d) No therapies; Styron just rested.

14. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
(a) That all depressed people commit suicide.
(b) That people only have to "buck up."
(c) That suicide is a painless way to go.
(d) The idea that there is one particular cause.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is a probable reason that Styron's doctor or family don't suggest hospitalization for him?

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

4. What did alcohol do for Styron that he considered positive?

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

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