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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 percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?
(a) 20%.
(b) 10%.
(c) 60%.
(d) 100%.

2. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?
(a) Chaucer.
(b) Dante.
(c) Gary.
(d) Camus.

3. Which group of people does depression never happen to?
(a) Mothers who enjoy their role.
(b) None are excluded; it attacks all groups.
(c) Older people who have gotten a grasp on life.
(d) People younger than their teens.

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

5. What clues does Gary reveal that Styron later learns was probably signs of deep depression?
(a) Lack of cohesive thought.
(b) Constant weepiness.
(c) Shaky hands and weak, quiet voice.
(d) Withdrawal from friendships.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?

2. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?

3. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?

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

5. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Cino del Duca, whom the award was named for, decide to publish works of literary merit?

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

3. What did Camus speak of that so strongly affected Styron? What relationship did Styron have with Camus?

4. What did Styron say about someone being able to describe depression?

5. Who did Styron say the depressed person was dangerous to, and why?

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

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

8. What reasons might be given for Styron not having been hospitalized earlier?

9. What sort of attachments did Styron form as his depression progressed?

10. What was Styron doing that was harming him, making his depression worse, though he thought it was helping?

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