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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. There are what number of friendships that Viorst labels in Chapter 12?
(a) Six.
(b) Two.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Fifteen.

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

3. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?
(a) Their plane crashed on the way to their granddaughter's wedding.
(b) They died in a car accident.
(c) They shot themselves.
(d) Someone broke into their house and killed them.

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

5. Levinson calls a mid-life crisis what?
(a) Forty and Fabulous.
(b) A questioning of everything.
(c) Middle Age Panic.
(d) Mid-life Transition.

6. According to Viorst, in middle age we inspire far less ________ than we do ___________.
(a) Lust; respect.
(b) Admiration; annoyance.
(c) Respect; pity.
(d) Hatred; love.

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

8. Who was Viorst describing when she said they fought death like a championship game?
(a) Her friend, Ruth.
(b) Her sister, Lois.
(c) Her husband, Cecil.
(d) Her mother.

9. What is the first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?
(a) Shock.
(b) Renewed hope.
(c) Hatred of the person who left us.
(d) Endless crying.

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

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

12. Simone de Beauvoir once said, "Old age is life's ___________."
(a) Cruel joke.
(b) Parody.
(c) Swan song.
(d) Final act.

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

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

15. According to Otto Kernberg, adolescent romantic love is the normal, crucial beginning of what?
(a) Puppy love.
(b) Adult love.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Eros.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which famous author wrote this about the loss of his cherished wife: "The first plunge of the knife into the flesh is felt again and again"?

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

3. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?

4. Which philosopher does Viorst quote in Chapter 14?

5. In this book, mentioned in Chapter 12, it is stated that despite sexual feelings toward friends of the same sex, individuals need not necessarily define themselves as "homosexual." What is the name of the book?

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