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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Styron, what is a frequent theme in his novels?
(a) Friendships.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Family support.
(d) Death.

3. 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.

4. What is the second stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Dependency.
(d) Physical pain.

5. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?
(a) Its pervasiveness.
(b) Its deep intensity.
(c) The inability of the depressed person to absorb pain beyond predictable periods of time.
(d) Its unrelenting nature.

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

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

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

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

10. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(b) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.
(c) Take long walks in the woods.
(d) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.

11. Why does he throw his diary in the garbage instead of burning it?
(a) He doesn't want to start a fire and let his friends know what he was doing.
(b) He is afraid of fire, so couldn't bring himself to burn the diary.
(c) It better represents the annihilation of a loathful self, and deserves to be thrown in the garbage as well.
(d) He doesn't want to see any trace, such as ashes.

12. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?
(a) It was fully deserved.
(b) Melodramatic, one part of him the actor, and one part of him the audience.
(c) He was going to choose a painless method.
(d) He knew he would hurt his wife, but had to do it.

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

14. What sort of people does Styron say is more prone to depression?
(a) People with above average intelligence.
(b) People who have lost loved ones.
(c) Poor people.
(d) Artistic people.

15. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) The situation of the walking wounded.
(b) A sure suicide.
(c) Potentially criminal people.
(d) The position of being in a black fog.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?

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

4. From Job to Styron's day, he says artists and writers have been trying to do what?

5. What events led to Abraham Lincoln suffering depression and even attempting suicide?

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