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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long does Styron have to stay in the hospital?
(a) A month.
(b) Almost a year.
(c) Two weeks.
(d) Seven weeks.

2. What reason does Styron give for taking the prescribed medicines without question?
(a) He was too depressed to notice.
(b) His doctor threathened the hospital if he didn't take it.
(c) He was told the medicine was harmless.
(d) He didn't know anything about the medicine.

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

4. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?
(a) He takes naps and had nightmares during the nap.
(b) He gets sleepy and couldn't work.
(c) He suffers from panic and anxiety.
(d) He has to go to his doctor every afternoon.

5. What is Styron's diary a symbol of?
(a) His hopelessness in the face of depression.
(b) His self-esteem and self-worth.
(c) His path through depression.
(d) His writing goals.

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

7. What is the hardest piece of writing Styron attempted during his depression?
(a) Poetry, due to its emotional nature.
(b) He stopped writing altogether.
(c) Any upbeat writing.
(d) His goodbye letter.

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

9. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?
(a) His wife cheated on him.
(b) His friends deserted him.
(c) He could not longer drink any alcohol at all.
(d) His doctor treated him with the wrong drug.

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

11. 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) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(d) Take long walks in the woods.

12. How does Styron mange to avoid the recommended shock treatment?
(a) He pretends that he had already had it.
(b) His doctor doesn't believe in it.
(c) He begins to get better immediately.
(d) He refuses to let them do it.

13. What two feelings does Styron experience as he planned his suicide?
(a) Despondency and fear.
(b) Love for his wife and hopelessness for himself.
(c) Hopelessness and despair.
(d) Terror and fascination.

14. Though depression tends to recur, what advantage do sufferers of recurrence have?
(a) They know the best doctors and hospitals to use.
(b) Their family knows what to do for them.
(c) They are already on medicines.
(d) They know it is curable and know how to work through it.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?

3. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?

4. In addition to anxiety, what other characteristic of depression becomes manifest?

5. According to Styron, what is the touchstone of depression?

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