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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 causes Styron to lose his voice in Paris?
(a) Damp weather.
(b) Screaming until he was hoarse.
(d) Severe depression and resulting lethargy.
2. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?
(a) Whether to admit it to the press or not.
(b) Whether to tell his wife or not.
(c) The philosophical question of whether life is worth living or not.
(d) What doctor to see about it.
3. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?
(a) That his friend didn't have any choice about who to ride with.
(b) That he probably didn't know the driver was so reckless.
(c) That his friend didn't want to embarrass his friend by refusing a ride.
(d) That it was a form of suicide.
4. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?
(a) It makes him realize mankind's responsibility for the larger world.
(b) It makes him realize life is too short.
(c) It makes him realize depression was a personal thing.
(d) It makes him realize depression could be overcome if the person just cheered himself up.
5. What does Styron say about not returning to France?
(a) It cost so much to go and he was nearly broke.
(b) He believes one day in the near future he will take his own life.
(c) He doesn't like to travel.
(d) He had such a miserable time in Paris.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?
2. Sir Walter Scott and the Brontes linked what two illnesses interchangeably?
3. Why is it hard for Styron to recognize depression in his friend, Gary?
4. Though the death of the poet, Randall Jarrell, was ruled accidental, why does Styron say it was probably suicide?
5. What does Styron say about assigning reasons for suicide to those who take that route?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Styron have to say about hospitalization for depressed people?
2. What role does Styron say friends and family play for the person with depression?
3. What happened to Styron and his drinking habits and how did that affect him?
4. What did Camus speak of that so strongly affected Styron? What relationship did Styron have with Camus?
5. What did the suicides of several of his friends, who had distinguished careers and were obviously intelligent and known for their strong character, cause Styron to do? How was his beliefs opposed to the general public view?
6. What was Styron doing that was harming him, making his depression worse, though he thought it was helping?
7. What did Styron say about the impression his intense thoughts of suicide would have on others?
8. What other changes occurred with Styron beside mental distress?
9. What happened to Styron's first work and what was its title?
10. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?
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