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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which person coined the phrase Cinderella Complex?
(a) Colette Dowling.
(b) Judith Viorst.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Colleen Rodman.

2. Drugs, communing with nature, religious experiences, and meditation are all ways in which people seek to what?
(a) Reach a higher level of awareness.
(b) Fit in and find acceptance with others.
(c) Bridge the loss of oneness with our mother.
(d) Escape from the stress of everyday life.

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

4. 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.

5. Some children develop a false self from what type of parenting?
(a) Imaginative parenting.
(b) Strict parenting.
(c) Uninvolved parenting.
(d) Over-protective parenting.

6. According to Viorst, what is one of our first treasures that we don't want to share?
(a) Our mother's milk.
(b) Our mother's love.
(c) Our special blanket.
(d) Our father's love.

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

8. 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.

9. According to Viorst, we not only try to re-live the good experiences from our past, but also seek to re-create the bad ones in an effort to do what?
(a) In an effort to correct them.
(b) In an effort to torture ourselves.
(c) In an effort to assess how we performed.
(d) In an effort to rehearse for the future.

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

11. What is composed of our noblest goals?
(a) Our superego.
(b) Our ego ideal.
(c) Our id.
(d) Our ego.

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

13. How does the author feel we can move past re-creating what has already happened?
(a) Ignore the past and move on.
(b) Talk to the people in our past.
(c) Climb into a time machine and go back.
(d) Mourn the past and move on.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. At what age do we develop the superego?

4. According to Chapter 9, what feeling could be fear of the loss of our own love?

5. In the anecdote about the holy man painting a portrait for a king, who ends up being revealed in the painting?

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