Darkness Visible Test | 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 Levi when he committed his suicide?

2. What does Styron realize in Paris that helps him understand what is happening to him?

3. What does Styron say about alcohol's mood-altering characteristics?

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

5. What is the term Styron uses to better describe what is happening to a person with depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sort of therapy was used to help Styron overcome his depression?

2. What happened to Styron's first work and what was its title?

3. 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?

4. What happened to Styron's body as he succumbed to depression?

5. What term did Stryon say was a more apt description of depression than that word itself?

6. Why was depression such a hard thing for Styron in 1985?

7. Discuss why Styron was so appreciative of receiving the del Duca award?

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

9. What is known about the causes of depression, according to Styron?

10. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Styron's opinions about the roles biology (genetics, brain chemicals, and influence of meds and alcohol) and environmental factors have in the development of depression. Use passages from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Styron' s quote from his book, "A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it." If this statement is indeed true, did Styron fulfill that quote? Explain why or why not. Do you agree with this quote? Give examples pinpointing the point from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Styron suggests that brainstorm would be a better name for the physical ramifications of depression, but brainstorm means the opposite of what he meant it to be. What does brainstorm mean, as used normally, and what is it as Styron meant it? Compare and contrast the two meanings.

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