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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 does Camus's essay about a prisoner on death row impact Styron's writing?
2. In Chapter 3, what event causes Styron to more fully explore the relationship between depression and suicide?
3. According to Styron, how many women have won the Prix Mondial Cino del Duca award?
4. What pressing question does Styron have about the course of depression?
5. What does Styron say would cause many depression-related suicides?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is known about the causes of depression, according to Styron?
2. Discuss why Styron was so appreciative of receiving the del Duca award?
3. Styron describes what common factor among almost all depressed persons contemplating suicide?
4. Why did Styron refuse to go to a luncheon with Simone del Duca, even though he had made an appointment to do so?
5. Why did Styron say he believes he lost the award check?
6. What did Styron say about someone being able to describe depression?
7. How did Styron describe the internal struggle with depression? What was causing this internal struggle, beside just the depression?
8. Why wasn't Styron concerned about Camus, his ex-wife, and Gary when he learned they were suffering from depression?
9. What indications of Gary's depression did Styron mention?
10. As Styron contemplated and planned for his suicide, what two feelings did he describe?
Essay Topic 1
Styron repeatedly mentions about how much a strong social support of family and friends is important to a person's recovery. He makes a slight mention of his wife as support, and a couple of friends, yet he leaves out but little of the discussion of family support. Was he trying to protect his family? What is the relationship between private and public lives? What kind of support system do you feel he had?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Styron's account of his treatment, including his treatment during hospitalization, and its impact on his recovery. Use examples from the book to support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss in detail how Styron's illness affected him while he was in Paris to accept his award. Follow him through the course of that day and explain how changes in his mood affected him at various points during his activities that day. Explain his mood shifts by following the narrative as Styron reveals his moods to the reader.
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