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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. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
(a) He didn't want Jarrell's widow to receive the large insurance settlement.
(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) 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.

2. How did Levi commit suicide?
(a) Hung himself.
(b) Hurled himself down a flight of stairs.
(c) Stepped in front of a moving car.
(d) Took an overdose of pills.

3. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?
(a) "The Long Day."
(b) "Reflections of Life."
(c) "The Stranger."
(d) "Paradise Lost."

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

5. What quote from Baudelaire does Styron use to explain his feelings?
(a) "Man's madness is his downfall."
(b) "I have felt the wind of the wing of madness."
(c) "Madness breeds madness."
(d) "Madness is but a figment of the imagination."

Short Answer Questions

1. Styron agrees with what literary guide's belief?

2. Right before the onset of his depression, Styron begins to suffer from what?

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

4. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?

5. What is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Styron and his drinking habits and how did that affect him?

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

3. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?

4. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?

5. What did Styron say was so harmful that doctors were prone to do for depressed people and why?

6. Why did Styron say it was so hard for family members to accept a person's suicide, and what did they usually do about it?

7. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

8. What other changes occurred with Styron beside mental distress?

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

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

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