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. According to Styron, what often leads depressed people to commit suicide?

2. According to Styron, what is between Gaelic and Americana?

3. How does Camus's essay influence Stryon's philosophy of life?

4. Styron calls depression:

5. What happens to Gary's ex-wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What statistics did Styron give about depression and suicide?

2. What did Camus speak of that so strongly affected Styron? What relationship did Styron have with Camus?

3. Where did Styron meet Abbie Hoffman, and why was Hoffman's suicide so hard to accept?

4. What is the relationship between artistic temperaments and suicide and what was Styron's appeal in relationship to it?

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

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

7. What event caused Styron to realize he needed to go to the hospital?

8. Why were the new medicines becoming available in the 1980's and Dr. Gold's approach to them indicative of how depression was viewed and treated during that time? Why was it not sufficient?

9. 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?

10. What does Styron say about the causes of depression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what Styron's purpose is for writing "Darkness Visible." What might he want us to know and understand about his subject? Include what he states openly as well as what you understand him to want to say. Why does he think it is important to make us understand this?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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