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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which writer does Styron quote as saying he had "lost the right path"?
(a) Dante.
(b) Camus.
(c) Gary.
(d) Shakespeare.

4. What does Styron say about people who survive a depressive episode?
(a) They are permanently damaged mentally.
(b) They are very strong people but succumb to a weakness.
(c) They come out with few permanent wounds.
(d) They are weak people who just happened to endure an episode.

5. What does the doctor tell Styron about his medicine, Halcion, and its dosage?
(a) It is not effective for depression.
(b) It is three times the normal dose and not recommended for men his age.
(c) He needs a much larger dose.
(d) It is the best medicine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What hope does Styron say a depressed person can have?

2. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?

3. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?

4. Which novel character does Styron compare himself with?

5. Why are late afternoons so distressing to Styron?

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