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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is a daily presence during the depth of Styron's depression?
(a) His wife.
(b) Death.
(c) His children.
(d) Tears

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

5. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?
(a) By taking medicines prescribed to him.
(b) By declaring war.
(c) Through his work that was valued by posterity.
(d) By being the best family man he could.

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

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

10. 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) The idea that there is one particular cause.
(d) That suicide is a painless way to go.

11. What three brand-name items does Styron use to destroy his diary?
(a) Cheez-its box, 3M tape, and Brawny towels.
(b) Viva towels, Scotch tape, and Post Raisin Bran cereal box.
(c) None, just throws it away in the garbage.
(d) Diamond matches, Kingsford Charcoal lighter, and Viva towels.

12. What does Styron do about his physical disabilities?
(a) He undergoes several thousands of dollars of testing to find out he was physically fine.
(b) Welcomes the possibility that he might die from one of them.
(c) Gets scared he was going to die.
(d) Stops work and stays at home.

13. 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) The situation of the walking wounded.
(d) A sure suicide.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Styron say is absent in depression that causes it to be so difficult to endure?

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