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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the third stage of psychological development in depression?

2. What famous poet does Styron name as an example of excellent works by a depressed person?

3. Who does Styron compare his psychiatrist to?

4. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?

5. What conclusion can we make for what Styron says about his recovery?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Even though it is nonfiction, a good memoir develops the characters through description, dialogue, and characterization, much as is done in fiction. Describe and give examples of how Styron develops his characters to make them interesting and insure the audience is sympathetic to them. Did he effectively develop his characters? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The difference between an autobiography and a memoir is that the memoir is about a specific topic or time span in the author's life. An autobiography is similar, but usually takes a more global look at the writer's life, including background information that leads up to the point in time of the events being examined. Discuss how Darkness Visible is a memoir, but has some characteristics of autobiography. Defend your idea of whether the work is a memoir or more of an autobiography. Use examples from the book to prove your position.

Essay Topic 3

One of the characteristics of a good memoir is for the author to take one position in relevance to the topic. Does Styron effectively take one position in relation to depression? Give proof of your position from the book. What references from the book support his taking a certain stance, or did he fail to do that? What is his position (s) in reference to depression?

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