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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Friendship.
(b) Family.
(c) Death.
(d) Marriage.

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

4. Viorst's poem, "I bring the children one more glass of water," is about what?
(a) Sex not being so sexy anymore.
(b) A dream of helping children find clean water.
(c) Being an overworked mother.
(d) The anxieties of going to sleep as a child.

5. Viorst contends that our unconscious sexual thoughts toward friends are masked as what?
(a) Ridicule and anger.
(b) Hostility.
(c) Concern, devotion, and affection.
(d) Flirtatious behavior.

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

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

8. Chapter 18 refers to which famous character as the ultimate retiree?
(a) Hamlet.
(b) King Lear.
(c) Oedipus.
(d) Romeo.

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

10. According to Lillian Rubin, the sexual difference between men and women leads to what in a marriage relationship?
(a) Intimate strangers.
(b) Separation and divorce.
(c) Superficial friendship.
(d) A perfect partnership.

11. According to Viorst, "A new dream will arise when we begin to have our babies..." What is it?
(a) The dream of keeping them safe from harm.
(b) The dream of creating an amazing and perfect human.
(c) The dream of them becoming successful.
(d) The dream of them moving out and going to college.

12. Parents have trouble seeing their children as what?
(a) Competent humans.
(b) Anything but perfect.
(c) Separate people.
(d) A part of themselves.

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

14. Who once said, "God ordains that every genius shall have an illness at forty"?
(a) Mark Twain.
(b) George Bernard Shaw.
(c) Oscar Wilde.
(d) Arthur Miller.

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

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. The earliest text on the subject of aging came from where?

3. According to Viorst, in middle age we inspire far less ________ than we do ___________.

4. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.

5. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.

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