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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

7. Who else, besides mothers, links separation and danger?
(a) Nannies.
(b) Grandmothers.
(c) Aunts.
(d) Fathers.

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

9. 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) Goethe must have really enjoyed his work.
(b) Faust isn't very good because it was written by an elderly person.
(c) Aging is hard work.
(d) It's never too late.

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

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

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

13. 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) Death.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Family.
(d) Marriage.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The title of Chapter 12 lists what?

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

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

4. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?

5. According to Viorst, the different roles we assign ourselves keep life interesting and fluid, rather than _____________.

(see the answer keys)

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