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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?
(a) William Styron.
(b) Romain Gary.
(c) Cino del Duco
(d) Rose Styron.

2. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.
(b) Early loss, weak character, and no support.
(c) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(d) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.

3. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
(a) It causes him to stop writing for a while.
(b) It gives him some ideas about stories he wants to write.
(c) It causes him to want to write much better than he felt Camus did.
(d) It leads to his using a narrator on death row to tell the story in "Confessions of Nat Turner."

4. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?
(a) A slight sadness intensified rapidly over time.
(b) He really didn't know how it happened.
(c) Slowly in increments.
(d) It hit him suddenly one night.

5. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many felt he didn't deserve the del Duco award.
(b) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.
(c) Many people thought Styron was weak.
(d) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?

2. What causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?

3. What philosophical question does Gary present as central to all philosophy; a question that confuses Styron until years later when he suffers his depression?

4. How does Styron's body feel in the beginning of his depression?

5. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dr. Gold's approach compare to the way the parish priest approached Emma in "Madame Bovary"?

2. What did Styron say is true of those who suffer from severe depression and recover?

3. What did Styron say was so harmful that doctors were prone to do for depressed people and why?

4. What did Styron have to say about hospitalization for depressed people?

5. What did the suicides of several of his friends, who had distinguished careers and were obviously intelligent and known for their strong character, cause Styron to do? How was his beliefs opposed to the general public view?

6. What does Styron say about the causes of depression?

7. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?

8. What happened to Styron as his depression progressed?

9. What was special about Styron's situation with depression?

10. What is known about the causes of depression, according to Styron?

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