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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. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
(a) His whole family rejected him.
(b) His wife left him.
(c) The suicide of Abbie Hoffman.
(d) Styron sunk deeper into a depressive state.

2. What starts Styron's downward spiral into depression?
(a) Trouble with his wife.
(b) He begins to suffer nausea when drinking alcohol, which he had depended upon.
(c) Being isolated in Connecticut in the winter.
(d) The loss of several friends to suicide.

3. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?
(a) 1950.
(b) 1985.
(c) 1989.
(d) 1990.

4. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?
(a) Camus leaves Paris.
(b) Camus dies in a car accident.
(c) Camus leaves on his honeymoon.
(d) Camus gets upset at Styron for his moods.

5. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?
(a) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.
(b) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.
(c) His editor asked him to write the memoir.
(d) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?

2. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?

3. What did Styron do for Hoffman regarding a political demonstration led by Hoffman?

4. Where does Styron spend his summers?

5. According to Styron, what do people closest to those who commit suicide often do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Styron say about the impression his intense thoughts of suicide would have on others?

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

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

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

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 does Styron say about the causes of depression?

8. What sort of attachments did Styron form as his depression progressed?

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

10. What was Styron doing that was harming him, making his depression worse, though he thought it was helping?

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