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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what form of internalization do we take on aspects of those we have loved?
(a) Chameleonization.
(b) Depression.
(c) Personification.
(d) Identification.

3. According to Chapter 13, there can be no human love without what?
(a) Passion and romance.
(b) A caring parental relationship.
(c) Fear.
(d) Ambivalence.

4. According to Chapter 14, parents suffer from the one of the following in a similar fashion to children.
(a) Insecurity about themselves.
(b) Fear of abandonment.
(c) Separation anxiety.
(d) Oedipus complex.

5. Intimate male-female relationships are rare because of what?
(a) Women would just rather talk to other women.
(b) Socially unacceptable norms.
(c) The sexual tension.
(d) The adultery factor.

6. Which philosopher does Viorst quote in Chapter 14?
(a) Friedrich Nietzsche
(b) Soren Kierkegaard
(c) Leo Tolstoy
(d) Karl Marx

7. Which famous author's daughter suddenly died at the age of 24?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) John Steinbeck.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

9. What is the name of the son in Death of a Salesman that Viorst uses as an example of the restricting roles some parents foist on their children?
(a) Jeff.
(b) William.
(c) Biff.
(d) Jonathan.

10. Which book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?
(a) The Mother Knot by Jane Lazarre
(b) The World According to Garp by John Irving
(c) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
(d) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

11. What is the name of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's highly influential book?
(a) On Death and Dying.
(b) Death Comes for the Archbishop.
(c) The Last Cattle Call.
(d) O, Death, Be Mine.

12. Viorst says, "Losing is the price we pay for __________."
(a) Living.
(b) Being human.
(c) Loving.
(d) Winning.

13. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.
(a) Roots.
(b) Cousins.
(c) Family roles.
(d) Elementary school friends.

14. Who said the following? "Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here -- the extraordinary rent you have to pay as long as you stay."
(a) Annie Dillard.
(b) Emily Dickinson.
(c) Virginia Woolf.
(d) George Eliot.

15. To what was Richard Steele referring in the following quote? "... the compleatest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life."
(a) Marriage.
(b) Family.
(c) Death.
(d) Friendship.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Viorst describing when she said they fought death like a championship game?

2. A capacity to feel pleasure in the pleasures of other people is an example of what?

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

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

5. 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."

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