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Multiple Choice Questions

1. De-identification can help siblings feel superior in different ways, but it can also lead to what negative result?
(a) It can leave one child overshadowed by the other.
(b) It can impose limitations on our talents and interests.
(c) It can lead to competition in those different areas.
(d) It can result in negative personality traits such as pride, arrogance, or narcissism.

2. Some primitive tribes have allowed their men to express what sort of envy?
(a) Creative envy.
(b) Motherhood envy.
(c) Breast envy.
(d) Womb envy.

3. Escaping to an earlier stage of development in an effort to deal with socially unacceptable feelings toward a new sibling is called what?
(a) Regression.
(b) Avoidance.
(c) Escapism.
(d) Two steps back.

4. According to Chapter 6, is sibling rivalry normal and universal?
(a) It depends on the parenting style.
(b) Only in the United States.
(c) Only in industrialized nations.
(d) Ten out of ten psychoanalysts answer yes.

5. Viorst feels our sexual nature comes from where?
(a) It comes from our DNA.
(b) It is inborn and shaped by our environment.
(c) It comes from the messages around us.
(d) It is formed in our mind.

6. When does it become clear to the child that his needs are different than his mother's?
(a) When puberty occurs.
(b) When separation occurs.
(c) When adolescence occurs.
(d) When the mother tells the child, "No!" for the first time.

7. According to Freud, when does the age of latency occur?
(a) 7-10 years old.
(b) 3-5 years old.
(c) 18-21 years old.
(d) 13-18 years old.

8. According to Chapter 7, girls have to give up more of what than boys in outgrowing their Oedipus complex?
(a) More fears.
(b) More sex.
(c) More people.
(d) More dreams.

9. In the anecdote about the holy man painting a portrait for a king, who ends up being revealed in the painting?
(a) The king.
(b) The king's daughter.
(c) The holy man.
(d) The king's wife.

10. Margaret Mead points out that we have labeled the Oedipal issue as a _______________.
(a) Negative.
(b) Ridiculous behavior.
(c) Success.
(d) Valid response.

11. Chapter 1 concludes by stating that the yearning to restore the bliss of mother-child oneness is _____________________.
(a) Satisfied upon entry into adulthood.
(b) Worse when we are sick or injured.
(c) Only quenched when we find another meaningful relationship.
(d) Never relinquished.

12. According to Chapter 11, what is built of imperfect connections?
(a) Reality.
(b) Childhood.
(c) Friendships.
(d) The parent-child relationship.

13. According to the book, the conscious daydreams that drift through our minds bring hints to us of what kind of world?
(a) A magical, beautiful world.
(b) A rogue, subterranean world.
(c) A just world.
(d) A perfect world.

14. According to Chapter 8, what does modern science say that all mammals start out as?
(a) Eggs.
(b) Embryos.
(c) Female.
(d) Male.

15. According to Viorst, siblings destroy our dream of what?
(a) Living an idyllic life.
(b) Absolute love.
(c) Being our mother's favorite.
(d) Being best friends with our sibling.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sigmund Freud once said, "When you meet a human being, the first distinction you make is ______________?"

2. The following verse is from what poem? "And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns, About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home, In the sun that is young once only, Time let me play and be..."

3. The idea that we are all in love with the parent of the opposite sex is known as what?

4. According to Chapter 7, what destroys the innocence of the family bond?

5. The first sentence of Chapter 1 states that, "Life begins with _______."

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