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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 starts Styron's downward spiral into depression?
(a) The loss of several friends to suicide.
(b) Being isolated in Connecticut in the winter.
(c) He begins to suffer nausea when drinking alcohol, which he had depended upon.
(d) Trouble with his wife.

2. When is depression at its worst?
(a) Madness.
(b) A blue state.
(c) Painful sorrow.
(d) Fake feelings of sadness.

3. Where does Styron spend his summers?
(a) On his farm in Connecticut.
(b) In Paris.
(c) In Florida.
(d) At Martha's Vineyard.

4. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
(b) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.
(c) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(d) It makes him realize life is too short.

5. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) What doctor to see about it.
(b) Whether to tell his wife or not.
(c) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(d) Whether to admit it to the press or not.

Short Answer Questions

1. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?

2. How does Styron's body feel in the beginning of his depression?

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

4. What does Gary confess to Styron about Camus's depression?

5. What does Styron call the DSM?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What effect did watching the flight of a flock of Canadian geese have on Styron?

3. Why did Styron refuse to go to a luncheon with Simone del Duca, even though he had made an appointment to do so?

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

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

6. Why was depression such a hard thing for Styron in 1985?

7. Why wasn't Styron concerned about Camus, his ex-wife, and Gary when he learned they were suffering from depression?

8. What did Styron have to say about hospitalization for depressed people?

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

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

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