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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 after his flashback?
(a) That he didn't like visiting Paris.
(b) That his life has been great.
(c) That he did have some good times in the past.
(d) That he has come full circle.

2. Why does Styron say that physical symptoms accompany depression?
(a) The mind can better accept that there is a physical cause than a mental one.
(b) Illness leads to depression.
(c) Depressed persons have more illnesses.
(d) Depressed people are clumsy and suffer several injuries.

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

4. 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.

5. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(b) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
(c) The title didn't fit the story.
(d) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it hard for Styron to recognize depression in his friend, Gary?

2. What does Styron say about not returning to France?

3. What bothers Styron so much about not being able to meet Camus?

4. What does Styron call the DSM?

5. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss why Styron was so appreciative of receiving the del Duca award?

4. 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?

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

6. What did the suicides of several of his friends, who had distinguished careers and were obviously intelligent and known for their strong character, cause Styron to do? How was his beliefs opposed to the general public view?

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

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

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

10. What advice did Styron give for the person suffering from depression?

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