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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 until the children are grown.
(d) Families do not discuss it at all.

2. How did Viorst fantasize about taking care of the bully who was bothering her son?
(a) Shoving him in front of a truck.
(b) Talking to his parents.
(c) Holding him up against a tree until he promised not to do it anymore.
(d) Shooting him.

3. When the child decides to replace the hostility towards the new sibling with some other activity, it is referred to as what?
(a) Replacementation.
(b) Identification.
(c) Sublimation.
(d) Subluxation.

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

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

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

7. What are the ingrained patterns repeated in adulthood due to childhood experiences called?
(a) Familiarity complex.
(b) Revisiting the past.
(c) Repetition compulsion.
(d) Bad habits.

8. How is it believed that infants perceive their needs in relation to their mother?
(a) Their needs are different than their mother's.
(b) Their needs are the same as their mother's.
(c) Their needs are greater than their mother's.
(d) Their needs are less than their mother's.

9. According to Viorst, grown-up love must begin with what?
(a) A mature understanding of self.
(b) The separation of self from the other.
(c) Two grown adults.
(d) An ability to forgive others.

10. According to Viorst, which two abilities at which boys excel are the only ones based in scientific fact?
(a) Aggression and visual spatial ability.
(b) Math and science.
(c) Verbal and scientific.
(d) Sports and hunting.

11. Mrs. C slept in the same bed as her mother until she was how old?
(a) 5 years old.
(b) 40 years old.
(c) 20 years old.
(d) 10 years old.

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

13. In Chapter 8, the author discusses another "necessary loss." Which one is it?
(a) The loss of our heterosexuality.
(b) That we must let go in order to love.
(c) The loss of the exclusive love of our mother.
(d) The limitations imposed on us due to our being male or female.

14. Which of the following, according to the author, may be an inappropriate way to deal with the grieving of childhood?
(a) Sex.
(b) Drugs.
(c) Breaking the rules.
(d) Driving recklessly.

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

Short Answer 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?

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

3. When we allow some person or group to stand in place of our own conscience, this leads to what?

4. "Our conscience is our _____________ installed in our mind."

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

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