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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. What does Viorst explain we are trying to accomplish when we try to "undo' the separation from our mother?
(a) Seeking the unconditional love of our mother's arms.
(b) Learning to accept and love ourselves.
(c) Proving we are competent individuals.
(d) Vying for our father's affection.

2. Some children develop a false self from what type of parenting?
(a) Over-protective parenting.
(b) Imaginative parenting.
(c) Uninvolved parenting.
(d) Strict parenting.

3. Who wrote the book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret?
(a) Madeleine L'Engle
(b) Judy Blume
(c) Beverly Cleary
(d) J.K. Rowling

4. Margaret Mead points out that we have labeled the Oedipal issue as a _______________.
(a) Success.
(b) Valid response.
(c) Ridiculous behavior.
(d) Negative.

5. When does it become clear to the child that his needs are different than his mother's?
(a) When the mother tells the child, "No!" for the first time.
(b) When puberty occurs.
(c) When separation occurs.
(d) When adolescence occurs.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Cinderella Complex says that women are programmed for what?

2. In the example of a woman dreaming of a German Nazi officer, she is really associating with what?

3. Sigmund Freud once said, "When you meet a human being, the first distinction you make is ______________?"

4. How does Viorst describe the first loss we experience as humans?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Despite a constant desire for independence, why do young children keep coming back to their mothers?

2. Why do we have fantasies?

3. Why does sibling rivalry tend to diminish with age?

4. Describe repetition compulsion and what we may be trying to accomplish through it.

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

6. According to Viorst, why is it okay to have fantasies that are inappropriate if they aren't acted upon?

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

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

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

10. What support does Viorst give to the Cinderella Complex?

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