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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is it called when someone keeps everything just the same after someone dies?
(a) Museumification.
(b) Mummification.
(c) Untouched grief.
(d) Creepy.

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

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

7. 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) Biff.
(b) Jeff.
(c) Jonathan.
(d) William.

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

9. In Chapter 16, Viorst quotes which psychologist who wrote the book Loss?
(a) Jean Piaget.
(b) John Bowlby.
(c) Erik Erikson.
(d) Erich Fromm.

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

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

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

13. According to Chapter 20, Viorst is living on what to beat her middle-aged spread?
(a) Grapefruit.
(b) Weight Watchers.
(c) Lean Cuisine.
(d) NutriSystem.

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

15. Name the foiled romantic in Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
(a) Elizabeth.
(b) Soline.
(c) Emma.
(d) Jane.

Short Answer Questions

1. Intimate male-female relationships are rare because of what?

2. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?

3. 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."

4. Levinson calls a mid-life crisis what?

5. Simone de Beauvoir once said, "Old age is life's ___________."

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