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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Viorst states that some oneness experiences can go too far and cause what?
(a) Physical injury.
(b) Self-preservation.
(c) Hatred of oneself.
(d) Self-annihilation.

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

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

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

5. What does the author state that extended separation from a mother can cause a child?
(a) A sense of independence.
(b) Pain and permanent damage.
(c) Hunger.
(d) A good chance to socialize with other people.

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

7. According to Chapter 8, what does modern science say that all mammals start out as?
(a) Male.
(b) Eggs.
(c) Embryos.
(d) Female.

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

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

10. According to Viorst, siblings destroy our dream of what?
(a) Living an idyllic life.
(b) Being our mother's favorite.
(c) Absolute love.
(d) Being best friends with our sibling.

11. The idea that we are all in love with the parent of the opposite sex is known as what?
(a) The Electra complex.
(b) The Odysseus complex.
(c) The Oedipus complex.
(d) The Oracle complex.

12. According to Chapter 6, is sibling rivalry normal and universal?
(a) Ten out of ten psychoanalysts answer yes.
(b) Only in the United States.
(c) Only in industrialized nations.
(d) It depends on the parenting style.

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

14. 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 form a very close relationship with their fathers.
(c) They compare everyone they meet to their mothers.
(d) They shun perfect and evil people alike, looking for complete mediocrity in the perfect mate.

15. What is the name of the philosopher who said, "Man is the being who is capable of becoming guilty and is capable of illuminating his guilt"?
(a) Dallas Willard.
(b) John Locke.
(c) Friedrich Nietzsche.
(d) Martin Buber.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 5 states that even an average mother is perceived by a child as _____________.

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

3. In Chapter 8, the author discusses another "necessary loss." Which one is it?

4. According to Chapter 7, girls have to give up more of what than boys in outgrowing their Oedipus complex?

5. At what age do we develop the superego?

(see the answer keys)

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