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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 is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?
(a) A blue funk.
(b) A brain storm.
(c) A weak psyche.
(d) Mourning for loss.
2. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?
(a) Romain Gary.
(b) Rose Styron.
(c) William Styron.
(d) Cino del Duco
3. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
(a) His wife, Rose.
(b) His friend, Gary.
(c) His psychiatrist.
(d) His children.
4. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?
(a) Because they don't love their families like other people do.
(b) Because of moral weakness and lack of character.
(c) Because depression is so deep they can't see any other way out.
(d) Because they don't have a very strong will to live.
5. What does Styron think of these two people, who were close literary friends?
(a) He thinks they should have won the award.
(b) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(c) He thinks they both had depression.
(d) He doesn't think their writing was very good.
Short Answer Questions
1. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?
2. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?
3. What does Styron say depression is like?
4. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?
5. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Styron say about the causes of depression?
2. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?
3. What did Styron say about someone being able to describe depression?
4. What is known about the causes of depression, according to Styron?
5. What did Styron tell the reader about the incidence of depression and artistic types? Who are some artistic types who suffered from depression?
6. What role does Styron say friends and family play for the person with depression?
7. What other changes occurred with Styron beside mental distress?
8. Discuss why Styron was so appreciative of receiving the del Duca award?
9. What about the hospital was conducive to Styron's rapid recovery after months of intense suffering?
10. What hope does Styron offer to those who survive depression?
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