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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. Though Styron feels alone, who is always with him?
(a) His children.
(b) His wife, Rose.
(c) His friend, Gary.
(d) His psychiatrist.

2. After Primo Levi's suicide, what causes Styron to question the common view that those who commit suicide are weak and inept?
(a) Levi worked out all the time and was very strong.
(b) Levi was involved in so many good causes.
(c) Levi had survived the Auschwitz and cared for his paralyzed mother.
(d) Levi was such a good writer.

3. What does Styron think after his flashback?
(a) That his life has been great.
(b) That he didn't like visiting Paris.
(c) That he did have some good times in the past.
(d) That he has come full circle.

4. What is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?
(a) Mourning for loss.
(b) A weak psyche.
(c) A brain storm.
(d) A blue funk.

5. Which group of people have more incidence of depression than all others?
(a) Rich people.
(b) Children.
(c) Women suffer more than any other group of people.
(d) Poor people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron say the award he received should have done for him?

2. What is the old term for depression?

3. What percentage of artistic types who suffer from depression die from suicide?

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

5. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between artistic temperaments and suicide and what was Styron's appeal in relationship to it?

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

3. What did Styron say was so harmful that doctors were prone to do for depressed people and why?

4. Discuss why Styron was so appreciative of receiving the del Duca award?

5. For the most part, the people Styron list as suffering from depression are artistic types or philosophers. Discuss why this may be so?

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

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

8. Why did Styron say it was so hard for family members to accept a person's suicide, and what did they usually do about it?

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

10. What happened to Styron's body as he succumbed to depression?

(see the answer keys)

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