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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. According to Viorst, we not only try to re-live the good experiences from our past, but also seek to re-create the bad ones in an effort to do what?
(a) In an effort to assess how we performed.
(b) In an effort to rehearse for the future.
(c) In an effort to torture ourselves.
(d) In an effort to correct them.

2. The first sentence of Chapter 1 states that, "Life begins with _______."
(a) Crying.
(b) Loss.
(c) Birth.
(d) Love.

3. How does Viorst describe the first loss we experience as humans?
(a) New beginning.
(b) Launch of independence.
(c) Original loss.
(d) First separation.

4. Subliminal messages of "Mommy and I are one," have proven to result in what?
(a) Higher achievements.
(b) Great anxiety.
(c) Warm, fuzzy feelings.
(d) Spontaneous smiling.

5. Viorst feels our sexual nature comes from where?
(a) It comes from our DNA.
(b) It is formed in our mind.
(c) It is inborn and shaped by our environment.
(d) It comes from the messages around us.

Short Answer Questions

1. The following verse is from what poem? "And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns, About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home, In the sun that is young once only, Time let me play and be..."

2. According to Chapter 7, our adult sexuality is in response to what?

3. According to Chapter 7, girls have to give up more of what than boys in outgrowing their Oedipus complex?

4. Who wrote the book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret?

5. Mrs. C slept in the same bed as her mother until she was how old?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does J.D. Salinger's character from The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, not want to grow up?

2. According to Freud, what is the age of latency?

3. Why are we afraid of fantasies that portray socially unacceptable behavior?

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

5. What did Alfred Adler note about the relationship between siblings and how it influences who we become as adults?

6. The term "penis envy" can sound quite ridiculous, but Viorst points out that it takes on many metaphorical meanings. What are some of those possible symbolic meanings?

7. Growing up means what, according to Chapter 10?

8. What are the four stages of human development that many analysts agree upon and how are they similar to each other?

9. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

10. When a child sees a mother as all-good or all-bad, how can this affect their future relationships?

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