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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two feelings does Styron experience as he planned his suicide?
(a) Love for his wife and hopelessness for himself.
(b) Terror and fascination.
(c) Hopelessness and despair.
(d) Despondency and fear.

2. How does Styron respond to the experimental approach?
(a) He demanded another drug.
(b) He didn't notice anything, but was hopeful so did better.
(c) He was in mental anguish, wanting immediate relief.
(d) He immediately got better.

3. What is Styron's avoidance of death due to?
(a) His love for his wife.
(b) The recognition he got from others.
(c) His homage to his mother.
(d) His writings and intellectual endeavors.

4. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) A sure suicide.
(b) The situation of the walking wounded.
(c) The position of being in a black fog.
(d) Potentially criminal people.

5. How does Styron explain his approach to his self-destruction?
(a) Melodramatic, one part of him the actor, and one part of him the audience.
(b) He was going to choose a painless method.
(c) It was fully deserved.
(d) He knew he would hurt his wife, but had to do it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of people does Styron say is more prone to depression?

2. What is a daily presence during the depth of Styron's depression?

3. What does the doctor tell Styron about his medicine, Halcion, and its dosage?

4. What is Styron's first dream in many months?

5. Styron names a number of writers, poets, and sculptors who have what common underlying theme in their work?

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