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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"?
2. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?
(a) The darkness of depression.
(b) Precursors of his plunge into dementia and self-annihilation.
(c) The everlasting nature of man's soul.
(d) The beauty of the night sky.
3. What is Styron's avoidance of death due to?
(a) His homage to his mother.
(b) The recognition he got from others.
(c) His writings and intellectual endeavors.
(d) His love for his wife.
4. What events led to Abraham Lincoln suffering depression and even attempting suicide?
(a) The Civil War.
(b) His wife's infidelity.
(c) Slavery in the South.
(d) The death of his mother when he was 9 and his sister 10 years later.
5. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?
(a) Discovering what causes depressed people to commit suicide.
(b) Discovering how early diagnoses can be made or predicted.
(c) Discovering a cure.
(d) Discovering which medicines are most effective.
6. How does his diary represent his mental state?
(a) It corresponded to his moods as he wrote about them.
(b) That when he wanted to destroy it, he was close to his own death.
(c) It contained all his thoughts and feelings.
(d) It was a treatise on mental illness.
7. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
(a) An excruciating pain.
(b) A black tempest.
(c) A hole in his heart.
(d) A deep hole.
8. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?
(a) Incomplete mourning.
(b) Insurmountable loss.
(c) Lifelong loss.
(d) Dark depression.
9. What note does Styron want to copy for his goodbye letter?
(a) "No more words; an act. I'll never write again."
(b) "I am sorry for any pain I cause. My pain is greater."
(c) "This is the end. Don't mourn."
(d) "Life is no longer worth it."
10. To what does Styron compare medical treatment for depression?
(a) To cancer treatment.
(b) To the early evolution of dinosaurs.
(c) To fighting infection before the discovery of penicillin.
(d) To a child's early life.
11. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?
(a) It was fully deserved.
(b) He knew he would hurt his wife, but had to do it.
(c) He was going to choose a painless method.
(d) Melodramatic, one part of him the actor, and one part of him the audience.
12. What does Styron do about his physical disabilities?
(a) Stops work and stays at home.
(b) Gets scared he was going to die.
(c) He undergoes several thousands of dollars of testing to find out he was physically fine.
(d) Welcomes the possibility that he might die from one of them.
13. What does Styron say about people who survive a depressive episode?
(a) They are weak people who just happened to endure an episode.
(b) They are very strong people but succumb to a weakness.
(c) They are permanently damaged mentally.
(d) They come out with few permanent wounds.
14. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?
(a) The parish priest in "Madame Bovary."
(b) His friend, Gary.
(c) A quack.
(d) His wife.
15. How does Styron describe his recovery from depression?
(a) He says he was suddenly ecstatic.
(b) He says he suddenly felt like a body with sweet bodily juices flowing through him.
(c) He says he wasn't sure he was cured.
(d) He says it was a slow, painful process.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?
2. What did alcohol do for Styron that he considered positive?
3. What piece of music moves Styron to his breakthrough and hospitalization?
4. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
5. What does this music make him realize?
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