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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What therapies are used in the hospital?
2. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
3. According to Styron, what is a frequent theme in his novels?
4. Why does Styron think of his mother as he listens to the music?
5. What does the doctor tell Styron about his medicine, Halcion, and its dosage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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