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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. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?
2. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?
(a) He thinks they are graceful.
(b) He is frozen in anxiety at the sight of them.
(c) They temporarily restore his good feelings.
(d) He tries to shoot them.
3. What does Styron say he will do with the prize money he won?
(a) Give most to charity but save a small portion for a personal matter.
(b) Retire early and write.
(c) Pay off all old debts so he could concentrate on writing.
(d) Give it all to charity.
4. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) Whether to tell his wife or not.
(b) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(c) Whether to admit it to the press or not.
(d) What doctor to see about it.
5. How did Levi commit suicide?
(a) Hurled himself down a flight of stairs.
(b) Hung himself.
(c) Stepped in front of a moving car.
(d) Took an overdose of pills.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is Styron's literary guide?
2. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?
3. What happens to Styron's writing as he descends into depression?
4. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?
5. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to Styron and his drinking habits and how did that affect him?
2. What did Styron say was so harmful that doctors were prone to do for depressed people and why?
3. Why was the suicide of Albert Camus and Romain Gary so devastating to Styron?
4. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?
5. 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?
6. What did Styron say caused the incipient insomnia that depressed people often experienced?
7. Who did Styron say the depressed person was dangerous to, and why?
8. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?
9. What reasons might be given for Styron not having been hospitalized earlier?
10. What did the diary represent to Styron? What did he do with it?
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