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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 should have won the award.
(b) He doesn't think their writing was very good.
(c) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(d) He thinks they both had depression.

2. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?
(a) Control of his anger.
(b) His mind.
(c) His check for $25,000.
(d) His best friend.

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

4. Styron calls depression:
(a) Very rare.
(b) Terrible sadness.
(c) Disorder of mood.
(d) Very common.

5. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?
(a) He can't talk to his wife any more.
(b) He can't think clearly anymore.
(c) He begins to cry incessantly and realizes he is depressed.
(d) The circadian cycle gives him moments of brief respite from the deep depression, giving clarity of thought.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?

2. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?

3. In what way does Styron's depression come upon him?

4. How does Styron's body feel in the beginning of his depression?

5. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why wasn't Styron concerned about Camus, his ex-wife, and Gary when he learned they were suffering from depression?

2. What did the suicide of several of Styron's friends lead him to do, and what was the result of this action?

3. Why was depression such a hard thing for Styron in 1985?

4. What happened to Styron's body as he succumbed to depression?

5. 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?

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

7. What about the hospital was conducive to Styron's rapid recovery after months of intense suffering?

8. What event caused Styron to realize he needed to go to the hospital?

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

10. What effect did watching the flight of a flock of Canadian geese have on Styron?

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