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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Chapter 5 concerns the importance of holding on to ______.
(a) Your intelligence.
(b) The future.
(c) Loved ones.
(d) The past.

2. According to Schwartz, what emotion results from being unable to act on an impulse to achieve an objective?
(a) Anger.
(b) Sadness.
(c) Hatred.
(d) Frustration.

3. What fantasy will help a person in declining health?
(a) The fantasy of being in heaven.
(b) The fantasy of never dying.
(c) The fantasy of having infinite time with loved ones.
(d) The fantasy of not being sick anymore.

4. In Chapter 4, how does Schwartz describe fantasy as a coping device?
(a) Guaranteed.
(b) Not worth the pain.
(c) Ineffective.
(d) Very good.

5. As the disease continues to progress, what type of situations must one must expect to increase in occurrence?
(a) Meaningful situations.
(b) Hopeful situations.
(c) Scary situations.
(d) Stressful situations.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what kind of peace does Schwartz encourage the sufferer to cultivate?

2. According to Schwartz, what action should you take when feeling angry?

3. Unresolved grief can turn good grief into what type of grief?

4. Schwartz has a breakdown nearly how long after the most tragic event of his life?

5. What type of feelings will not go away because one is sick?

Short Essay Questions

1. The emotional patterns of illness are explained by Schwartz in Chapter 2. Explain the significance of these patterns.

2. In Chapter 3, Morrie focuses on grief. Explain his concept of grieving and mourning for yourself and the importance of this concept.

3. In Chapter 2, Schwartz explains what will most likely occur when one's illness continues to become worse. Describe what will happen to one's emotions as the illness progresses.

4. In Chapter 5, Morrie discusses a relationship that he had with a colleague. Explain this relationship and the outcome.

5. In Chapter 3, Morrie explains that the act of crying and the emotions that go along with it have helped him to grieve. Discuss his personal experience with this concept.

6. In Chapter 2, Schwartz describes psychological vulnerability. Explain this concept.

7. In Chapter 1, Schwartz's disease and its signs and symptoms are described. Explain his diagnosis and what is occurring in his body.

8. At the end of Chapter 1, Schwartz discusses the importance of one not becoming obsessed with one's illness. Explain his concept behind this idea.

9. In Chapter 4, Morrie explains the importance of developing peace. Describe the importance of finding peace for one experiencing declining health.

10. In Chapter 5, Morrie states that one must learn from the past. Explain how this is possible.

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