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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 does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It is an upper, but depressed him.
(b) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.
(c) It had no effect on his mood.
(d) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.

2. What is the old term for depression?
(a) Manic depressive.
(b) Mental deficit.
(c) Mania.
(d) Melancholia.

3. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(b) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.
(c) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
(d) The bathrooms have bidets in them.

4. 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 people thought Styron was weak.
(c) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.
(d) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.

5. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
(a) Lack of psychiatric treatment protocols.
(b) Lack of medicines to treat depression.
(c) Lack of moral strength by the depressed person.
(d) Lack of awareness by others about the intensity of the pain.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?

2. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?

3. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?

4. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?

5. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What statistics did Styron give about depression and suicide?

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

4. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

5. What was the paradox Styron described about the hospital as opposed to his own home?

6. What did Styron say caused the incipient insomnia that depressed people often experienced?

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

8. Why did Styron refuse to go to a luncheon with Simone del Duca, even though he had made an appointment to do so?

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

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

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