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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Styron dates the onset of his deep depression to what event?
(a) His wife's leaving him.
(b) His inability to drink alcohol.
(c) The death of several of his friends.
(d) His chilren all leaving home.

5. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?
(a) To receive the medicines he thought would help him.
(b) To satisfy his wife, who demanded he get treatment.
(c) To look good to the press.
(d) To get help for his friend, Camus.

6. Why does Styron say depression was no stranger when it came to him?
(a) He had studied it in depth.
(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) His wife had suffered from it for years.

7. What does Styron believe he needs to get well that can be provided by the hospital?
(a) A controlled environment and more time.
(b) Freedom from other people and their advise.
(c) More medicine.
(d) Psychotherapy.

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

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

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

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

12. What is a probable reason that Styron's doctor or family don't suggest hospitalization for him?
(a) The social stigma and the fact that mental illness is not tangible or visible.
(b) They don't think it would help him.
(c) They don't know he was that bad.
(d) He gets angry whenever they approach the subject.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Styron say family and friends should continue to do for the depressed person?

3. Styron compares the theories about depression to the theories about what?

4. How does Styron mange to avoid the recommended shock treatment?

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

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