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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 get help for his friend, Camus.
(c) To satisfy his wife, who demanded he get treatment.
(d) To look good to the press.

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

4. At the dinner party, how does Styron react to the four friends?
(a) He gets angry and speaks hatefully to them.
(b) He brags through the whole dinner party about his accomplishments.
(c) He cries throughout the dinner because of his depression.
(d) He is catatonic and does not speak.

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

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

7. Which novel character does Styron compare himself with?
(a) Lennie from "Of Mice and Men."
(b) Captain Ahab from "Moby Dick."
(c) Emma Bovary from "Madame Bovary."
(d) Rhett Butler from "Gone With the Wind."

8. To what does Styron compare medical treatment for depression?
(a) To cancer treatment.
(b) To fighting infection before the discovery of penicillin.
(c) To a child's early life.
(d) To the early evolution of dinosaurs.

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

10. For Styron, what is the most devastating loss of physical functions?
(a) His ability to sleep and lack of dreaming.
(b) His sexual drive.
(c) His ability to stay awake during the day.
(d) His agility and interest in sports.

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

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

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

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

15. How does his diary represent his mental state?
(a) It contained all his thoughts and feelings.
(b) It was a treatise on mental illness.
(c) That when he wanted to destroy it, he was close to his own death.
(d) It corresponded to his moods as he wrote about them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a probable reason that Styron's doctor or family don't suggest hospitalization for him?

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

3. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?

4. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?

5. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?

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