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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?
(a) He was going to choose a painless method.
(b) It was fully deserved.
(c) He knew he would hurt his wife, but had to do it.
(d) Melodramatic, one part of him the actor, and one part of him the audience.

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

4. From Job to Styron's day, he says artists and writers have been trying to do what?
(a) Explain the blackness of the fantasia of depression.
(b) Build better relationships to overcome depression.
(c) Cheer up people who suffer from depression with their works.
(d) Overcome the effects of depression that overcome artists.

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

6. What is the second stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Dependency.
(d) Physical pain.

7. What does the doctor tell Styron about his medicine, Halcion, and its dosage?
(a) He needs a much larger dose.
(b) It is three times the normal dose and not recommended for men his age.
(c) It is not effective for depression.
(d) It is the best medicine.

8. Why did Styron's publisher have to reschedule a photo session?
(a) Styron had left to go to Paris.
(b) Styron was in the hospital.
(c) Styron refused to come out of his room.
(d) Styron had only smiled in a few pictures but still looked as if in despair.

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

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

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

12. In addition to anxiety, what other characteristic of depression becomes manifest?
(a) Deep, dark imaginings.
(b) Incessant talking.
(c) Argumentative with family and friends.
(d) An inability to be still, constantly moving.

13. What piece of music moves Styron to his breakthrough and hospitalization?
(a) Beethoven's Fifth.
(b) Halleluah Chorus.
(c) Chopin's Funeral March.
(d) Brahms's Alto Rhapsody.

14. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?
(a) Its unrelenting nature.
(b) The inability of the depressed person to absorb pain beyond predictable periods of time.
(c) Its deep intensity.
(d) Its pervasiveness.

15. 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) Mental pain doesn't disable one as much as physical pain.
(c) A superhuman ability to endure physical pain for a time.
(d) Depression hurts worse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?

2. What does Styron do about his physical disabilities?

3. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?

4. What is a common occurrence in people planning suicide?

5. What sort of people does Styron say is more prone to depression?

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