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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the example of a woman dreaming of a German Nazi officer, she is really associating with what?
(a) Her cruel boss demanding she work overtime.
(b) Her controlling husband forbidding her to go out.
(c) The police man who gave her a ticket earlier in the day.
(d) Her overbearing mother urging her to eat in Yiddish.

2. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."
(a) Love.
(b) Life.
(c) Learning.
(d) Grief.

3. According to Viorst, what are we all striving to be?
(a) A well-adjusted adult.
(b) A separate self.
(c) A narcissist.
(d) Someone who makes our mother proud.

4. Henry David Thoreau's little isolated cabin was how far from his mother's house?
(a) Ten miles.
(b) One state away.
(c) One day on a horse.
(d) One mile.

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

6. What was the name of the girl's club that Viorst's neighbor Amy belonged to?
(a) Girls Rule.
(b) The Rainbow Fleet.
(c) Rainbows and Unicorns.
(d) No Boys Allowed.

7. Who created the character Alexander Portnoy?
(a) Philip Roth.
(b) Leo Tolstoy.
(c) Nathaniel Hawthorne.
(d) James Joyce.

8. Who said, "To be a man, a woman, an adult, is to accept responsibility"?
(a) Jean Valjean
(b) Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(c) Victor Hugo
(d) Sigmund Freud

9. According to Chapter 7, our adult sexuality is in response to what?
(a) The messages media convey.
(b) Our religious upbringing.
(c) Libidinal conflicts.
(d) Oedipal conflicts.

10. Seeing our own feelings as those of the new baby's is known as what?
(a) Yours and mine syndrome.
(b) Projection.
(c) Confusion.
(d) Entanglement of self.

11. When a mother rejects a child's need for dependence and pushes them out of the nest too soon, what can happen?
(a) We adapt, or crumple, or compromise.
(b) We grow amazingly strong wings.
(c) We crash to the ground.
(d) We scream, or cry, or get angry.

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

13. As children, Viorst thinks we test reality with what?
(a) Wishful thinking.
(b) Daydreaming.
(c) Our actions.
(d) Our pretend play.

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

15. What was the title of Delia Ephron's book about adolescent angst referenced in Chapter 10?
(a) Puppy Love.
(b) Teenage Romance.
(c) Teen Infatuation.
(d) Romantic Teens.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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..."

2. According to Chapter 11, what is built of imperfect connections?

3. Why does Viorst think some people fear success?

4. Who wrote the book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret?

5. Name the experimental psychologist who convinced people it was acceptable to continue shocking subjects despite their response to pain.

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