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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What aspect of depression parallels the threshold of pain?
(a) Its pervasiveness.
(b) The inability of the depressed person to absorb pain beyond predictable periods of time.
(c) Its unrelenting nature.
(d) Its deep intensity.

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

3. According to Styron, what would be the only answer if depression was incurable?
(a) Suicide.
(b) Total care by a loved one.
(c) Long term hospitalization.
(d) A life of horror.

4. As horrible as this hallucination is, what does Styron say about Bergman, who wrote the script?
(a) He was trying to scare depressed people.
(b) That he had barely touched on the true horror of a depressed person.
(c) He was a depressed person himself.
(d) He wanted to show what depression looks like.

5. What reason does Styron give for taking the prescribed medicines without question?
(a) He was told the medicine was harmless.
(b) His doctor threathened the hospital if he didn't take it.
(c) He didn't know anything about the medicine.
(d) He was too depressed to notice.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?

2. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?

3. What does Styron's psychiatrist recommend to him about the hospital?

4. How does his diary represent his mental state?

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

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