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

2. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?
(a) He loves spending time there.
(b) He hates the house, preferring Martha's Vineyard.
(c) It feels ominous to him.
(d) He thinks it needed lots of work.

3. What three factors does Styron name as contributing to depression?
(a) Chemicals in the brain, behavior, and genetics.
(b) Anger, fear, and desolation.
(c) Early loss, weak character, and no support.
(d) Family trouble, job loss, and financial worries.

4. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?
(a) It is a depressant, but didn't depress him.
(b) It lightened his mood for a good amount of time.
(c) It is an upper, but depressed him.
(d) It had no effect on his mood.

5. Why is Styron not worried about the loss?
(a) He feels he is justified in getting angry.
(b) He knows his friend will be his friend again.
(c) He knows he will be okay later.
(d) He is so depressed and lethargic that nothing matters to him.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Styron say about not returning to France?

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

5. What does Gary reveal to Styron about the effect the death of his ex-wife had on him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Cino del Duca, whom the award was named for, decide to publish works of literary merit?

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

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

5. How did Dr. Gold's approach compare to the way the parish priest approached Emma in "Madame Bovary"?

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

7. Who did Styron say the depressed person was dangerous to, and why?

8. What did Styron tell the reader about the incidence of depression and artistic types? Who are some artistic types who suffered from depression?

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

10. Discuss the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, who was a friend of Styron's. Was his death a suicide or accident, according to the coroner? What did Styron suspect, and why?

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