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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Which three fictional characters discussed in the book does Viorst specifically mention in Chapter 20?
(a) Holden Caulfield, Hamlet, Marlow
(b) Emma Bovary, Alex Portnoy, Ivan Ilych
(c) Hamlet, Oedipus, Owen Meany
(d) Margaret, Alex Portnoy, King Lear

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

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

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

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

9. According to Viorst, the different roles we assign ourselves keep life interesting and fluid, rather than _____________.
(a) Unpredictable.
(b) Topsy-turvy.
(c) Boring.
(d) Constricting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Otto Kernberg, adolescent romantic love is the normal, crucial beginning of what?

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

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

4. Viorst contends that our unconscious sexual thoughts toward friends are masked as what?

5. Parents have trouble seeing their children as what?

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