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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 agrees with what literary guide's belief?
(a) Depression never causes suicide.
(b) All men suffer from deep depression.
(c) Man's alienation from other men.
(d) Depression always leads to suicide.

2. Why would Jarrell's widow not want to admit he committed suicide?
(a) Because she couldn't collect his life insurance.
(b) She was cheating on him.
(c) Because of the stigma of suicide.
(d) She didn't believe he committed suicide.

3. What happens to Styron during his museum visit in Paris?
(a) He complains to his wife about the museum the whole time.
(b) He runs out and leaves the group he was with.
(c) He finds inspiration for another book.
(d) He begins to feel the late evening lethargy that always descends.

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

5. What happens to Gary's ex-wife?
(a) She shot herself.
(b) She was killed by someone, probably Gary himself.
(c) She disappeared and was never found again.
(d) She took an overdose of pills and her body was found in a car after several days.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what point in one's life does Styron say the seeds of depression are planted?

2. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?

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

4. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What event caused Styron to realize he needed to go to the hospital?

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

3. What did Styron say about his physical condition after he got released from the hospital?

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

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

6. What happened to Styron as his depression progressed?

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

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

10. Why were the new medicines becoming available in the 1980's and Dr. Gold's approach to them indicative of how depression was viewed and treated during that time? Why was it not sufficient?

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