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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Styron when he published his first novel?

2. What reaction does Styron have to a flock of Canadian geese?

3. What does Styron say he will do with the prize money he won?

4. In the depth of his depression in Paris, what does Styron realize he would have to decide?

5. How did Levi commit suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Styron and his drinking habits and how did that affect him?

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

3. Why was the suicide of Albert Camus and Romain Gary so devastating to Styron?

4. How did Styron begin preparing for his death?

5. What did the suicides of several of his friends, who had distinguished careers and were obviously intelligent and known for their strong character, cause Styron to do? How was his beliefs opposed to the general public view?

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

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

8. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?

9. What reasons might be given for Styron not having been hospitalized earlier?

10. What did the diary represent to Styron? What did he do with it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Styron's depression and the influence of the writings of his friends impacted his writing. Discuss the influences can we see of not only his own depression, but the writings of Camus on Styron's work.

Essay Topic 2

Styron takes offense at the limiting and uninformed perspective people use when assessing people who have either committed or attempted to commit suicide. He takes a totally opposite perspective. Discuss Styron's perspective toward those who suffer from depression to the point of suicide and use examples of what he uses to justify his perspective. Does his justification of his approach really justify his perspective, or is he biased? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

A memoir is somewhat like a figurative photograph of the writer. It may be like an individual photograph or a group photograph. It offers sensory and symbolic details that paint a picture of the writer at that point in time. Discuss how Styron uses sensory detail and symbolic writing to paint his picture. Give examples from the book of how he does this, including language he may have used.

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