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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?
(a) Changes.
(b) Setbacks.
(c) Disappointments.
(d) Necessary losses.

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

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

5. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.
(a) I Hate You, Too.
(b) Heaven on Earth.
(c) The Most Complicated Relationship.
(d) Marriage is Hell.

6. Which sex tends to have only superficial relationships?
(a) Men who were abused or abandoned as children.
(b) Women.
(c) Both.
(d) Men.

7. Viorst details which famous baby doctor in Chapter 18?
(a) B. F. Skinner.
(b) Bill Sears.
(c) T. Berry Brazelton.
(d) Benjamin Spock.

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

9. What type of relationship reinforces our self-knowledge, widens our worldview, and supports our self-esteem?
(a) The parent-child relationship.
(b) A mentoring relationship.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Marriage.

10. Madame Bovary uses what metaphor to describe marriage?
(a) A great rosy-plumaged bird soaring in the splendors of poetic skies.
(b) An exquisite French dessert, delicious, but hard to create.
(c) A beautiful spring day spent in a field of wildflowers.
(d) An intimate and joyful day on a private beach in Fiji.

11. A capacity to feel pleasure in the pleasures of other people is an example of what?
(a) Pleasure transfer.
(b) Self-awareness.
(c) Empathy.
(d) Ego transcendence.

12. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?
(a) Uniting ourselves with reality and achieving balance.
(b) Letting loose and exploring unfulfilled dreams.
(c) Getting the children out of the house.
(d) Moving our parents to a nursing home.

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

14. Viorst references The World According to Garp and a mishearing of this term by a child.
(a) Thunder.
(b) Tsunami.
(c) Undertow.
(d) Earthquake.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?

3. According to Chapter 13, there can be no human love without what?

4. 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."

5. In what form of internalization do we take on aspects of those we have loved?

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