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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 Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?
(a) He began to suffer greatly from deep depression.
(b) He was afraid she had committed suicide.
(c) He was afraid he would be suspected in her death.
(d) He finally felt free again.

2. How old was Levi when he committed his suicide?
(a) 26.
(b) 39.
(c) 74.
(d) 67.

3. What does Styron say he will do with the prize money he won?
(a) Pay off all old debts so he could concentrate on writing.
(b) Retire early and write.
(c) Give it all to charity.
(d) Give most to charity but save a small portion for a personal matter.

4. What two substances contribute to Styron's depression?
(a) Alcohol and Halcion.
(b) Cocaine and alcohol.
(c) Heroin and tobacco.
(d) Tobacco and alcohol.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does Styron first realize his illness could lead to his death?

2. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?

3. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

4. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?

5. Who is the doctor from Johns Hopkins who gave the name depression to the disease?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the ways Styron indicated he had thought of as a means to commit his own suicide?

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

3. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

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 happened to Styron as his depression progressed?

6. What did Styron say was his most difficult piece of writing, and how did he describe it?

7. What role does Styron say friends and family play for the person with depression?

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

9. What did Styron discover about himself in Paris, during one of his more lucid moments?

10. What reasons might be given for Styron not having been hospitalized earlier?

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