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

2. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?
(a) 10%.
(b) 100%.
(c) 60%.
(d) 20%.

3. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?
(a) "The Stranger."
(b) "Reflections of Life."
(c) "Paradise Lost."
(d) "The Long Day."

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

5. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?
(a) Most of the time the cause is not one incident, but overwhelming depression.
(b) That only weak people commit suicide.
(c) That people who commit suicide don't love their families.
(d) That people who commit suicide are justified in doing it.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?

2. According to Styron, who wrote about depression and seemed to really understand it?

3. Why doesn't Styron recognize Camus's depression?

4. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Styron say about the causes of depression?

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

5. What did Styron say was so harmful that doctors were prone to do for depressed people and why?

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

7. What was special about Styron's situation with depression?

8. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?

9. What was the paradox Styron described about the hospital as opposed to his own home?

10. What did the diary represent to Styron? What did he do with it?

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