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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.
(b) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(c) Take long walks in the woods.
(d) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.

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

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

5. What does Styron say about people who survive a depressive episode?
(a) They are permanently damaged mentally.
(b) They are weak people who just happened to endure an episode.
(c) They are very strong people but succumb to a weakness.
(d) They come out with few permanent wounds.

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

7. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) The position of being in a black fog.
(b) Potentially criminal people.
(c) A sure suicide.
(d) The situation of the walking wounded.

8. What is the third stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Withdrawal.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Extreme fear of abandonment.
(d) Seclusion.

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

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

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

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

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

14. What two things does Styron believe led to his depression?
(a) Chemical dependence and illness.
(b) His wife's infidelity and the loss of his job.
(c) His mother's death and a hereditary factor through his father.
(d) His physical illness and his anxiety.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Styron's reaction to being admitted to the hospital?

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

3. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?

4. What does Styron's psychiatrist recommend to him about the hospital?

5. What does he think about art therapy?

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