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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 realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?
(a) He can't think clearly anymore.
(b) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.
(c) He can't talk to his wife any more.
(d) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.

2. What is the award Styron receives?
(a) Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award.
(b) Nobel Peace Prize.
(c) Newberry Award.
(d) He didn't receive one, he was giving one.

3. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because of the stigma of suicide.
(b) She was cheating on him.
(c) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(d) She didn't believe he committed suicide.

4. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1985.
(c) 1950.
(d) 1989.

5. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?
(a) He is frozen in anxiety at the sight of them.
(b) He tries to shoot them.
(c) They temporarily restore his good feelings.
(d) He thinks they are graceful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron think after his flashback?

2. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?

3. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?

4. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?

5. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the new medicines becoming available in the 1980's and Dr. Gold's approach to them indicative of how depression was viewed and treated during that time? Why was it not sufficient?

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

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

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

5. Where did Styron meet Abbie Hoffman, and why was Hoffman's suicide so hard to accept?

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

7. What did Styron say was his most difficult piece of writing, and how did he describe it?

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

9. What role does Styron say friends and family play for the person with depression?

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

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