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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 think of these two people, who were close literary friends?
(a) He thinks they both had depression.
(b) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(c) He thinks they should have won the award.
(d) He doesn't think their writing was very good.

2. Who is the doctor from Johns Hopkins who gave the name depression to the disease?
(a) Dr. Adolf Meier.
(b) An unnamed psychiatrist.
(c) Dr. Gold.
(d) Dr. Adkins.

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. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize life is too short.
(b) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(c) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
(d) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.

5. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) Because of Jarrell's depression and the fact there was no reason for him to be on the road on which he was struck by a car.
(b) He wanted to discredit Jarrell because of a disagreement they had.
(c) He wanted to gain support for his theory that depression led to suicide.
(d) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What drugs does Styron's doctor give him that are NOT recommended for people with depression?

2. What does Styron say is the most universal symptom of depression?

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

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

5. Styron calls depression:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened to Styron's first work and what was its title?

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

4. What hope does Styron offer to those who survive depression?

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

6. What happened to Styron as his depression progressed?

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

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

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

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

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