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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the personality that evolves when a child cannot trust their own feelings and takes on the personality traits of others?
(a) "Chameleon personality."
(b) "Shifting personality."
(c) "Borderline personality."
(d) "As-if personality."

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

3. Which fictional character mentioned in the book chooses not to become a man, and stay as a boy forever?
(a) Saint George.
(b) Peter Pan.
(c) King Arthur.
(d) Robin Hood.

4. What happens when children see their mothers as all good or all bad?
(a) They split from relationships their whole life because they think in terms of black and white.
(b) They compare everyone they meet to their mothers.
(c) They shun perfect and evil people alike, looking for complete mediocrity in the perfect mate.
(d) They form a very close relationship with their fathers.

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

6. How does Viorst describe the first loss we experience as humans?
(a) Launch of independence.
(b) First separation.
(c) New beginning.
(d) Original loss.

7. By consolidating our own "inner law enforcer or superego," we can resolve what in a healthy way?
(a) Our fear of abandoment.
(b) The Oedipus complex.
(c) Our fear of authority.
(d) The inadequate feelings of childhood.

8. In the study discussed in Chapter 8, how many school children were asked how their lives would be different if they woke up the next morning as the opposite sex?
(a) 2,000.
(b) 50.
(c) 300.
(d) 982.

9. Viorst feels that in adulthood we may seek out the wanted parent in an effort to do what?
(a) Win the battle over the other parent.
(b) Put an end to the inappropriate feelings once and for all.
(c) Work through the feelings of childhood.
(d) Make the other parent jealous.

10. According to Art Buchwald, what are "the three worst words in the language"?
(a) Hebrew, orphan, asylum.
(b) Isolated, hopeless, angry.
(c) Jewish, urchin, institution.
(d) Lonely, stray, hospital.

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 crash to the ground.
(b) We adapt, or crumple, or compromise.
(c) We scream, or cry, or get angry.
(d) We grow amazingly strong wings.

12. Subliminal messages of "Mommy and I are one," have proven to result in what?
(a) Warm, fuzzy feelings.
(b) Higher achievements.
(c) Spontaneous smiling.
(d) Great anxiety.

13. Even as adults, according to the author, we still view our mothers as what?
(a) As our greatest critic.
(b) As our biggest fan.
(c) As our dearest friend.
(d) As our safety net.

14. As adults, we are able to see ourselves as in control, not as ___________.
(a) Mental patients.
(b) Aggressors.
(c) Children.
(d) Victims.

15. Repression, reaction formation, isolation, and denial are all mechanisms of defense against what?
(a) Insecurity.
(b) Fear.
(c) Anger.
(d) Rivalry.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, immature love follows what principle?

2. Margaret Mead points out that we have labeled the Oedipal issue as a _______________.

3. Which two psychologists believe that the contacts between infant and mother produce a "deep libidinal pleasure"?

4. Henry David Thoreau's little isolated cabin was how far from his mother's house?

5. During the age of latency, fear, anger, and harsh conscience make it difficult to do what?

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