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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?
(a) Mental pain doesn't disable one as much as physical pain.
(b) Ones in physical pain receive medicine but don't get better.
(c) Depression hurts worse.
(d) A superhuman ability to endure physical pain for a time.

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

3. 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 music could restore his soul.
(d) That he couldn't leave all the pleasant memories that the house around him held.

4. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?
(a) That it will eventually subside and healing will occur.
(b) That suicide will relieve their distress.
(c) That family and friends will be supportive.
(d) That medicines can cure depression and it will never recur.

5. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?
(a) Suicide.
(b) A life of horror.
(c) Total care by a loved one.
(d) Long term hospitalization.

6. What happens to Styron's speech as he becomes more depressed?
(a) It slows to a halting rate.
(b) Nothing happens to his speech.
(c) It becomes very rapid.
(d) He is unable to make certain sounds.

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

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

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

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

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

12. What is Styron's first dream in many months?
(a) A flute, a wild goose, and a dancing girl.
(b) His wife leaving him.
(c) A demon, a fire, and his own death.
(d) A flock of Canadian geese.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does he think about art therapy?

2. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?

3. How does Styron respond to the experimental approach?

4. What does the depression and sense of hopelessness cause Styron to do?

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

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