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

2. What does Levi's suicide cause Styron to do?
(a) Write an op-ed piece to the NY Times on depression, discounting the shame most felt about it.
(b) Condemn Levi for his cowardice.
(c) Denounce Levi as his friend.
(d) Plan his own suicide.

3. What does Styron think after his flashback?
(a) That he did have some good times in the past.
(b) That his life has been great.
(c) That he didn't like visiting Paris.
(d) That he has come full circle.

4. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?
(a) He had never experienced depression himself, so had no real clue.
(b) He didn't believe in depression at the time.
(c) Camus hid it very well because he was embarrassed by it.
(d) He didn't know Camus very well.

5. What is unusual about Styron's visit to Paris?
(a) He doesn't visit anything but the museum.
(b) He doesn't eat anything while he was there.
(c) He refuses to go to a luncheon in his honor.
(d) The bathrooms have bidets in them.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Levi's friends and admirers react to his suicide?

3. Who is Styron's literary guide?

4. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?

5. What two people does Styron think of while leaving Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. What indications of Gary's depression did Styron mention?

2. Why was the suicide of Albert Camus and Romain Gary so devastating to Styron?

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

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

5. What sort of therapy was used to help Styron overcome his depression?

6. What term did Stryon say was a more apt description of depression than that word itself?

7. What other changes occurred with Styron beside mental distress?

8. What hope does Styron offer to those who survive depression?

9. 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?

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

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