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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Viorst contends that our unconscious sexual thoughts toward friends are masked as what?
(a) Flirtatious behavior.
(b) Hostility.
(c) Concern, devotion, and affection.
(d) Ridicule and anger.

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

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

6. Who said the following? "Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here -- the extraordinary rent you have to pay as long as you stay."
(a) Virginia Woolf.
(b) Annie Dillard.
(c) George Eliot.
(d) Emily Dickinson.

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

8. 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.

9. 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) Victor Hugo.
(b) Charles Dickens.
(c) J.R.R. Tolkien.
(d) C.S. Lewis.

10. As our parents grow old, get sick, and die, we learn to do what in relation to imperfect connections?
(a) Give thanks.
(b) Ignore them and continue on our own path.
(c) Stop complaining about them.
(d) Work them out.

11. Madame Bovary uses what metaphor to describe marriage?
(a) An exquisite French dessert, delicious, but hard to create.
(b) A great rosy-plumaged bird soaring in the splendors of poetic skies.
(c) An intimate and joyful day on a private beach in Fiji.
(d) A beautiful spring day spent in a field of wildflowers.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.

2. Chapter 18 refers to which famous character as the ultimate retiree?

3. 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."

4. According to Viorst, "A new dream will arise when we begin to have our babies..." What is it?

5. Viorst says, "Losing is the price we pay for __________."

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