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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sibling rivalry tends to do what as we get older?
(a) Diminish.
(b) Disappear.
(c) Intensify.
(d) Increase.

2. Viorst states that some oneness experiences can go too far and cause what?
(a) Physical injury.
(b) Self-annihilation.
(c) Hatred of oneself.
(d) Self-preservation.

3. The idea that we are all in love with the parent of the opposite sex is known as what?
(a) The Odysseus complex.
(b) The Oedipus complex.
(c) The Electra complex.
(d) The Oracle complex.

4. Why does Viorst say we "need the controls provided by guilt"?
(a) To take care of ourselves.
(b) To live a healthy life.
(c) To build relationships with other people.
(d) To understand unhappiness.

5. As a result of unconscious guilt, criminals sometimes do what?
(a) Leave self-damaging evidence.
(b) Lie to authority figures.
(c) Confess.
(d) Hide thier crimes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which well-known psychologist noted that if a child can fight a sibling and win, he becomes a fighter. However, if he is not allowed to win, he will often not compete later in life?

2. As adults, we are able to see ourselves as in control, not as ___________.

3. "Reality testing" means what?

4. According to psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, immature love follows what principle?

5. What does Viorst explain we are trying to accomplish when we try to "undo' the separation from our mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do psychologists think the "Mommy and I Are One" experiments worked?

2. What does it mean if a child and mother aren't a good fit?

3. Who first discovered the Oedipus complex? How did he/she describe it?

4. Discuss some of the means, covered in Chapter 2, by which we attempt to restore oneness with our mothers.

5. Using an example from the book, describe ways in which the Oedipus complex can play out in the lives of adults.

6. Endocrinologist Estelle Ramey uses what example to support her theory that virtually all differences between male and female are cultural?

7. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?

8. According to the book, why are friends so important?

9. What happens when we do not behave in accordance with our conscience?

10. Describe the four stages of standing alone.

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