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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What piece of music moves Styron to his breakthrough and hospitalization?
(a) Halleluah Chorus.
(b) Chopin's Funeral March.
(c) Beethoven's Fifth.
(d) Brahms's Alto Rhapsody.

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

3. How does Styron describe his recovery from depression?
(a) He says it was a slow, painful process.
(b) He says he was suddenly ecstatic.
(c) He says he suddenly felt like a body with sweet bodily juices flowing through him.
(d) He says he wasn't sure he was cured.

4. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.
(b) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.
(c) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(d) Take long walks in the woods.

5. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?
(a) The darkness of depression.
(b) Precursors of his plunge into dementia and self-annihilation.
(c) The beauty of the night sky.
(d) The everlasting nature of man's soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?

2. What is a probable reason that Styron's doctor or family don't suggest hospitalization for him?

3. What therapies are used in the hospital?

4. What does Styron say family and friends should continue to do for the depressed person?

5. According to Styron, what is the touchstone of depression?

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