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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, how often do families discuss sibling rivalry?
(a) Families do not discuss it until the children are grown.
(b) Families discuss it only when there is a fight between siblings.
(c) Families discuss it frequently.
(d) Families do not discuss it at all.

2. When we allow some person or group to stand in place of our own conscience, this leads to what?
(a) Deficient guilt.
(b) Unconscious guilt.
(c) Indiscriminate guilt.
(d) Dependent guilt.

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

4. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."
(a) Life.
(b) Grief.
(c) Love.
(d) Learning.

5. What does the author state that extended separation from a mother can cause a child?
(a) A sense of independence.
(b) A good chance to socialize with other people.
(c) Pain and permanent damage.
(d) Hunger.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What happens when children see their mothers as all good or all bad?

3. According to Viorst, what are we all striving to be?

4. In the anecdote about the holy man painting a portrait for a king, who ends up being revealed in the painting?

5. Viorst feels that in adulthood we may seek out the wanted parent in an effort to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Art Buchwald, journalist and friend of the author, say that he understands about "scars on the brain"?

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

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

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

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

7. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

8. How does the author propose that some men compensate for their envy of a woman's ability to have children?

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

10. Why were Hansel and Gretel so close to each other relationally?

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