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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 business or legacy.
(d) A family's medical history.

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

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

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

6. 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"?
(a) C.S. Lewis.
(b) Victor Hugo.
(c) Charles Dickens.
(d) J.R.R. Tolkien.

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

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

9. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?
(a) Intimate enemies.
(b) Best friends.
(c) Coping mechanism.
(d) Greatest lovers.

10. According to Chapter 13, there can be no human love without what?
(a) Passion and romance.
(b) Ambivalence.
(c) Fear.
(d) A caring parental relationship.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?

2. Who said, "In erotic love, two people who were separate become one. In motherly love, two people who were one become separate."

3. What are the names of Viorst's three sons?

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

5. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?

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