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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Viorst, what types of feelings are present in ALL friendships?
(a) Sad feelings.
(b) Feelings of love.
(c) Reserved feelings.
(d) Competitive feelings.

2. As our parents grow old, get sick, and die, we learn to do what in relation to imperfect connections?
(a) Work them out.
(b) Ignore them and continue on our own path.
(c) Stop complaining about them.
(d) Give thanks.

3. Friends and intimate partners are considered what?
(a) One and the same.
(b) The true test of a good marriage.
(c) Two different types of relationships.
(d) A rare phenomenon found only in humans.

4. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?
(a) Coping mechanism.
(b) Greatest lovers.
(c) Intimate enemies.
(d) Best friends.

5. What is the "corporate characteristic" that Viorst mentions in Chapter 15?
(a) A family's medical history.
(b) A family's collective character.
(c) A family's community involvement.
(d) A family's business or legacy.

6. What are the names of Viorst's three sons?
(a) Shannon, Scott, and Brian
(b) Tony, John, and Robert
(c) Michael, William, and Henry
(d) Anthony, Nicholas, and Alexander

7. What are we often unaware of that we bring with us into a marriage?
(a) Our parent's relationship.
(b) Perfect love.
(c) The Oedipus complex.
(d) The unfinished business of childhood.

8. There are what number of friendships that Viorst labels in Chapter 12?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Two.
(c) Fifteen.
(d) Six.

9. Which three fictional characters discussed in the book does Viorst specifically mention in Chapter 20?
(a) Holden Caulfield, Hamlet, Marlow
(b) Emma Bovary, Alex Portnoy, Ivan Ilych
(c) Hamlet, Oedipus, Owen Meany
(d) Margaret, Alex Portnoy, King Lear

10. According to Otto Kernberg, adolescent romantic love is the normal, crucial beginning of what?
(a) Eros.
(b) Puppy love.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Adult love.

11. Who was Viorst describing when she said they fought death like a championship game?
(a) Her husband, Cecil.
(b) Her sister, Lois.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her friend, Ruth.

12. In Chapter 14, Viorst lists what about her hometown?
(a) The best places to eat.
(b) How the different relationships impact the town.
(c) The various houses she lived in.
(d) A list of families and their children's tragic choices.

13. What does the father in the poem referenced in Chapter 14 finally conclude?
(a) That his children will just grow up and go away.
(b) That he can indeed protect his children.
(c) That he must let his children go.
(d) That he never should have had children.

14. Men pursue ______________; women yearn for _______________.
(a) Excitement; safety.
(b) Deep relationships; one night stands.
(c) Sex; cuddling.
(d) Autonomy; intimacy.

15. What famous author's memoir entitled Speak, Memory does Viorst reference at the end of Chapter 14?
(a) Vladimir Nabokov
(b) Leo Tolstoy
(c) James Joyce
(d) Frank McCourt

Short Answer Questions

1. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."

2. Which of the following psychoanalysts said we create religion to "exorcise the terrors" of nature?

3. Which famous family does Viorst mention in Chapter 15?

4. A man in his forties confessed to Viorst that he reviewed his life insurance policy after he was diagnosed with what?

5. What is the first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?

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