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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to Chapter 12, growing up involves giving up what illusion?
(a) That our parents are perfect.
(b) That friendship is infallible.
(c) That death is inevitable.
(d) That the universe revolves around us.

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

7. How many stages are there in the journey towards death according to Kubler-Ross?
(a) Two.
(b) Ten.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

8. The following headline ran in what paper? "HER OUTSIDE PREOCCUPATION CAN LEAVE HIM ISOLATED AT TIME OF MORE LEISURE"
(a) The Chicago Tribune.
(b) The Washington Post.
(c) The Wall Street Journal.
(d) The New York Times.

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

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

11. What's the title of the book?
(a) Ups and Downs.
(b) Impossible Expectations.
(c) Living is Loss.
(d) Necessary Losses.

12. A man in his forties confessed to Viorst that he reviewed his life insurance policy after he was diagnosed with what?
(a) Heart disease.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Tennis elbow.
(d) Gout.

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

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

15. 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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?

2. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?

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

4. What was the name of the married woman with four children, mentioned in Chapter 12, who formed a non-sexual friendship with another man?

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

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