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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. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?
(a) His father and brother.
(b) Job and Milton.
(c) Albert Camus and Romain Gary.
(d) His son and brother.

2. Styron calls depression:
(a) Very common.
(b) Very rare.
(c) Disorder of mood.
(d) Terrible sadness.

3. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) His wife left him.
(b) His whole family rejected him.
(c) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.
(d) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.

4. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?
(a) Referred him to a psychiatrist in New York.
(b) Introduced him to Lady del Duco in hopes of winning the award in the future.
(c) He never really met Hoffman, so didn't do anything for him.
(d) Testified for him at a trial in Chicago.

5. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi was involved in so many good causes.
(b) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(c) Levi was such a good writer.
(d) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What city is Styron in at the beginning of the memoir?

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

3. What brings about Styron's flashback at the beginning of the story?

4. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?

5. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Styron tell the reader about the incidence of depression and artistic types? Who are some artistic types who suffered from depression?

2. What did the diary represent to Styron? What did he do with it?

3. For the most part, the people Styron list as suffering from depression are artistic types or philosophers. Discuss why this may be so?

4. Discuss how Styron says he attempted to handle the increasing malaise that began to overcome him beginning in the summer.

5. What term did Stryon say was a more apt description of depression than that word itself?

6. What sort of therapy was used to help Styron overcome his depression?

7. What did Styron discover about himself in Paris, during one of his more lucid moments?

8. What happened to Styron's body as he succumbed to depression?

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

10. Why did Styron say he believes he lost the award check?

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