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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 do Styron's companions notice about him?
(a) He is very sleepy.
(b) He is angry at his friends.
(c) That he appears not to feel well.
(d) He is disoriented.

2. What does Styron think of these two people, who were close literary friends?
(a) He thinks they should move to America where they would be more recognized.
(b) He thinks they both had depression.
(c) He doesn't think their writing was very good.
(d) He thinks they should have won the award.

3. What bothers Styron about his meeting with Gary's estranged wife?
(a) That Gary was letting his estranged wife live with him.
(b) Their son was caught between their differences.
(c) Gary's wife wasn't very involved with her son.
(d) That he didn't understand her deep depression and what it meant.

4. What is the old term for depression?
(a) Manic depressive.
(b) Melancholia.
(c) Mental deficit.
(d) Mania.

5. What puzzles Styron about Camus's book, "The Fall"?
(a) It was a good narrative of what a depressed person experiences.
(b) That the lawyer/narrator would want to kill himself.
(c) It was written so brilliantly though Camus was depressed.
(d) The title didn't fit the story.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Camus novel has a profound impact on Styron?

2. What does the suicide of another of Styron's friends lead him to believe?

3. What does Styron want us to understand about those who commit suicide?

4. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?

5. Styron calls depression:

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Styron and his drinking habits and how did that affect him?

2. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

3. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?

4. What did Camus speak of that so strongly affected Styron? What relationship did Styron have with Camus?

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

6. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?

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

8. What advice did Styron give for the person suffering from depression?

9. What statistics did Styron give about depression and suicide?

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

(see the answer keys)

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