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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 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 2

A "touchstone text" is a text that can be used to illustrate examples of components of a type of writing style. "Darkness Visible" could be used as a touchstone text for memoir writing. Some of the components of memoir writing are: 1) focus and reflection on the relationship between the writer and a particular topic; 2) explanation of the significance of the relationship; 3) provides one impression of the subject of the memoir; 4) is limited to a particular phase, time period, place, or recurring behavior in order to develop the focus fully; 5) makes the subject of the memoir come alive; and, 6) maintains a first person point of view. Discuss and give examples from "Darkness Visible" to indicate if Styron is successful with each of the six points.

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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