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

2. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?
(a) They temporarily restore his good feelings.
(b) He thinks they are graceful.
(c) He tries to shoot them.
(d) He is frozen in anxiety at the sight of them.

3. Who arranges a meeting between Albert Camus and Styron?
(a) Cino del Duco
(b) William Styron.
(c) Rose Styron.
(d) Romain Gary.

4. What is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?
(a) A weak psyche.
(b) A brain storm.
(c) Mourning for loss.
(d) A blue funk.

5. According to Styron, why is the word depression so hard for people to accept?
(a) People can't understand what it means.
(b) It has not been heard of before.
(c) It is the word for a hole in the ground, which is very demeaning for a name of a major illness.
(d) It indicates a weak person.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?

2. How does Styron feel about his Connecticut farmhouse?

3. Why is Styron so sad about Hoffman's suicide?

4. What brings about Styron's flashback at the beginning of the story?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between artistic temperaments and suicide and what was Styron's appeal in relationship to it?

2. Styron describes what common factor among almost all depressed persons contemplating suicide?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What happened to Romain Gary, Styron's friend, as a result of his depression?

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

9. Styron gave little credence to his outpatient therapy, but said what about the 50 minutes involved?

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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