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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) A quack.
(b) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."
(c) His friend, Gary.
(d) His wife.

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

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

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

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

8. What does Styron's psychiatrist do that sends him into a deep depression?
(a) Tells him he was never going to recover.
(b) Tells him he would have to wait ten days before starting his new medicine, and then it would take 6-8 weeks to work.
(c) Tells him to leave his wife if he wanted to get better.
(d) Puts him in the hospital.

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 was friends with a psychiatrist who knew all about it.
(d) He had studied it in depth.

10. What two things does Styron believe led to his depression?
(a) Chemical dependence and illness.
(b) His physical illness and his anxiety.
(c) His wife's infidelity and the loss of his job.
(d) His mother's death and a hereditary factor through his father.

11. During the dinner party, what does Styron do with his diary?
(a) He reads portions of it to his friends.
(b) He gives it to a friend to publish.
(c) He wraps it and throws it in the garbage.
(d) He hides it from his friends and wife.

12. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?
(a) Frequent hospitalizations with their depresion interrupts their lives.
(b) It affects many of their families.
(c) It interferes with their work.
(d) The inability to explain and convey it to others who haven't had it.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Styron's publisher have to reschedule a photo session?

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

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

4. What does Styron's psychiatrist recommend to him about the hospital?

5. What does Styron believe he needs to get well that can be provided by the hospital?

(see the answer keys)

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