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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Styron compares the theories about depression to the theories about what?
(a) Evolution.
(b) The world is square/round debate.
(c) Dinosaurs and Black Holes.
(d) Creation.

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

4. Though depression tends to recur, what advantage do sufferers of recurrence have?
(a) They know it is curable and know how to work through it.
(b) They are already on medicines.
(c) Their family knows what to do for them.
(d) They know the best doctors and hospitals to use.

5. How does Styron indicate he was planning to die?
(a) He gathers a knife and some towels.
(b) He revises his will and tries to write a goodbye letter.
(c) He dresses nicely for the person who will find him.
(d) He sends his wife away for a time so he would be alone.

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

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

8. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?
(a) Insurmountable loss.
(b) Dark depression.
(c) Incomplete mourning.
(d) Lifelong loss.

9. What did alcohol do for Styron that he considered positive?
(a) It made him feel high.
(b) It kept him from catching illnesses.
(c) It helped him relax with his friends.
(d) It kept anxiety and his imaginings at bay.

10. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?
(a) Through his work that was valued by posterity.
(b) By declaring war.
(c) By being the best family man he could.
(d) By taking medicines prescribed to him.

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

12. How does Styron respond to the experimental approach?
(a) He immediately got better.
(b) He was in mental anguish, wanting immediate relief.
(c) He didn't notice anything, but was hopeful so did better.
(d) He demanded another drug.

13. Styron names a number of writers, poets, and sculptors who have what common underlying theme in their work?
(a) Longevity.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Depression.
(d) Love.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?

2. What sort of people does Styron say is more prone to depression?

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

4. What does he think about art therapy?

5. What is a daily presence during the depth of Styron's depression?

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