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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Viorst, how often do families discuss sibling rivalry?
(a) Families discuss it frequently.
(b) Families discuss it only when there is a fight between siblings.
(c) Families do not discuss it at all.
(d) Families do not discuss it until the children are grown.

2. Sibling rivalry tends to do what as we get older?
(a) Diminish.
(b) Disappear.
(c) Increase.
(d) Intensify.

3. Why does Viorst say we "need the controls provided by guilt"?
(a) To understand unhappiness.
(b) To build relationships with other people.
(c) To live a healthy life.
(d) To take care of ourselves.

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

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

6. According to Chapter 11, we sometimes fear that our fantasies can do what?
(a) Reveal the sick, depraved person we really are.
(b) Have the power to control reality.
(c) Make us mean.
(d) Change us.

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

8. 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) Escapism.
(c) Avoidance.
(d) Two steps back.

9. After fantasizing about her mother having a fatal heart attack, a woman drove up to her mother's apartment building to find what?
(a) Her mother's upstairs neighbor being loaded into an ambulance.
(b) A fire and fire truck.
(c) Her mother being loaded into an ambulance.
(d) Everyone having a block party.

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

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

12. 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..."
(a) "Fern Hill."
(b) "Holy Streams."
(c) "Green and Golden."
(d) "Young Once."

13. Chapter 11 discusses our what?
(a) Sleeping patterns.
(b) Parents' expectations.
(c) Fantasies.
(d) Perception of reality.

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

15. What does Viorst explain we are trying to accomplish when we try to "undo' the separation from our mother?
(a) Learning to accept and love ourselves.
(b) Proving we are competent individuals.
(c) Seeking the unconditional love of our mother's arms.
(d) Vying for our father's affection.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two feelings battle each other at every stage of development?

2. Viorst states that some oneness experiences can go too far and cause what?

3. By consolidating our own "inner law enforcer or superego," we can resolve what in a healthy way?

4. Who said, "To be a man, a woman, an adult, is to accept responsibility"?

5. Freud said that every dream contains what?

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