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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 city is Styron in at the beginning of the memoir?
(a) Paris.
(b) Rome.
(c) Atlanta.
(d) New York.

2. What happens before Styron meets with Camus?
(a) Camus dies in a car accident.
(b) Camus gets upset at Styron for his moods.
(c) Camus leaves on his honeymoon.
(d) Camus leaves Paris.

3. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?
(a) The French bidet.
(b) The restaurant he went to after getting his award.
(c) His memoir.
(d) Paris museums.

4. What reaction to the op-ed piece causes Styron to decide to write this memoir?
(a) People indicated they just didn't understand depression.
(b) His editor asked him to write the memoir.
(c) The number of people reacting positively causes him to think sharing his experiences would be beneficial.
(d) He learned his piece had saved someone's life, so wanted to reach out with more information.

5. What characteristic of depression make Styron's memoir limited in benefit?
(a) Its complexity made the memoir about only one person limited.
(b) He couldn't give good advice because the depression made him suicidal.
(c) He had to be hospitalized so couldn't finish the memoir in the manner he wanted.
(d) He couldn't write so well because of the immobility of depression.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron lose at the luncheon in Paris?

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

3. How did Levi commit suicide?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons might be given for Styron not having been hospitalized earlier?

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

3. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

4. What did Styron say about someone being able to describe depression?

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

6. What role does Styron say friends and family play for the person with depression?

7. Where did Styron meet Abbie Hoffman, and why was Hoffman's suicide so hard to accept?

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

10. Who did Styron say the depressed person was dangerous to, and why?

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