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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What famous poet does Styron name as an example of excellent works by a depressed person?
(a) Emily Dickinson.
(b) Walt Whitman.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Emily Bronte.

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

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

4. What is a common occurrence in people planning suicide?
(a) Sending all family away for a time.
(b) A revision of their will.
(c) A second self who observes the self planning its destruction.
(d) Detailed plans for their death.

5. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?
(a) Dark depression.
(b) Incomplete mourning.
(c) Lifelong loss.
(d) Insurmountable loss.

6. What does Styron say would prevent many suicides?
(a) Strong support from family, friends, and professionsals.
(b) Stronger medicines.
(c) Immediate hospitalization.
(d) Someone to watch the depressed person at all times.

7. What does Styron's psychiatrist recommend to him about the hospital?
(a) To plan on staying for a year in the hospital.
(b) To go to a hospital in Paris so no one would know.
(c) To avoid the hospital at all costs.
(d) To go to the hospital for treatment.

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

9. Why does Styron say depression was no stranger when it came to him?
(a) His wife had suffered from it for years.
(b) It was in many of his writings and also his father had suffered from it.
(c) He had studied it in depth.
(d) He was friends with a psychiatrist who knew all about it.

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

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

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

13. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
(a) A black tempest.
(b) An excruciating pain.
(c) A deep hole.
(d) A hole in his heart.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?

3. What is the third stage of psychological development in depression?

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

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

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