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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. 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..."
(a) "Green and Golden."
(b) "Holy Streams."
(c) "Young Once."
(d) "Fern Hill."

2. Freud said that every dream contains what?
(a) A cat.
(b) A wish.
(c) Pain.
(d) Truth.

3. According to Viorst, in what way do we primarily form our self-identity?
(a) Through experimentation with different character traits.
(b) By belonging to a wide variety of social groups.
(c) Through imitation of our friends.
(d) Through imitation of our parents.

4. Who created the character Alexander Portnoy?
(a) James Joyce.
(b) Philip Roth.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Nathaniel Hawthorne.

5. What is one of the necessary losses discussed in Chapter 3?
(a) To give up on the idea that we are independent beings.
(b) To give up the many identities we try out.
(c) To give up on being one with our mother.
(d) To give up our need for control.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Viorst, grown-up love must begin with what?

2. The idea that we are all in love with the parent of the opposite sex is known as what?

3. Why does Viorst think some people fear success?

4. According to Viorst, which two abilities at which boys excel are the only ones based in scientific fact?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Stanley Milgram's experiment reveal about people?

4. Why do we have fantasies?

5. According to psychoanalyst Margaret Mahler, what is our "psychological birth" ?

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

7. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

8. Excessive punishment of ourselves rests on the illusion of what?

9. Why is Chapter 1 entitled, "The High Cost of Separation"?

10. According to Chapter 9, what kind of person lacks guilt?

(see the answer keys)

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