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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) Fifteen.
(b) Two.
(c) Six.
(d) Twelve.

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

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

4. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."
(a) Faust isn't very good because it was written by an elderly person.
(b) Aging is hard work.
(c) Goethe must have really enjoyed his work.
(d) It's never too late.

5. What is the name of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's highly influential book?
(a) On Death and Dying.
(b) The Last Cattle Call.
(c) Death Comes for the Archbishop.
(d) O, Death, Be Mine.

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

7. 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."
(a) Family.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Death.
(d) Friendship.

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

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

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

11. Which of the following psychoanalysts said we create religion to "exorcise the terrors" of nature?
(a) Stanley Greenspan.
(b) Sigmund Freud.
(c) Erich Fromm.
(d) Erik Erikson.

12. According to Lillian Rubin, the sexual difference between men and women leads to what in a marriage relationship?
(a) Separation and divorce.
(b) A perfect partnership.
(c) Intimate strangers.
(d) Superficial friendship.

13. In what form of internalization do we take on aspects of those we have loved?
(a) Chameleonization.
(b) Identification.
(c) Personification.
(d) Depression.

14. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?
(a) Set out their clothes.
(b) Make a Travel Book.
(c) Hire a babysitter.
(d) Leave a note on their dresser.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?

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

3. The title of Chapter 12 lists what?

4. According to Chapter 20, Viorst is living on what to beat her middle-aged spread?

5. Who once said, "God ordains that every genius shall have an illness at forty"?

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