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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. Which group of people does depression never happen to?
(a) None are excluded; it attacks all groups.
(b) People younger than their teens.
(c) Older people who have gotten a grasp on life.
(d) Mothers who enjoy their role.

2. What clues does Gary reveal that Styron later learns was probably signs of deep depression?
(a) Shaky hands and weak, quiet voice.
(b) Lack of cohesive thought.
(c) Constant weepiness.
(d) Withdrawal from friendships.

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

4. How does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
(a) It gives him some ideas about stories he wants to write.
(b) It causes him to stop writing for a while.
(c) It leads to his using a narrator on death row to tell the story in "Confessions of Nat Turner."
(d) It causes him to want to write much better than he felt Camus did.

5. What effect does Styron's op-ed piece have on the general public?
(a) Many felt he didn't deserve the del Duco award.
(b) Many people thought Styron was weak.
(c) Many felt he was justified in feeling depressed.
(d) Many suffering from depression were suddenly willing to come forward and admit it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Styron believe about a depressed colleague's decision to ride with a reckless driver?

2. What does Styron say about not returning to France?

3. What does Styron think after his flashback?

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

5. What did Styron's friend, Abbie Hoffman, do professionally?

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 are some of the ways Styron indicated he had thought of as a means to commit his own suicide?

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

4. What did Styron say caused the incipient insomnia that depressed people often experienced?

5. Why wasn't Styron concerned about Camus, his ex-wife, and Gary when he learned they were suffering from depression?

6. What indications of Gary's depression did Styron mention?

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

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

9. What did Styron tell the reader about the incidence of depression and artistic types? Who are some artistic types who suffered from depression?

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

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