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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. Which character claimed that, "I am a part of all that I have met."
(a) Homer.
(b) Ulysses.
(c) Orion.
(d) Odysseus.

2. How does Viorst purport that we form an identification of "I"?
(a) We move away to college and choose our own major.
(b) We find a good job and experience success.
(c) We backpack through Europe and discover ourselves.
(d) We begin to view ourselves as an independent being over a lifetime.

3. 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) Vying for our father's affection.
(d) Proving we are competent individuals.

4. What is composed of our noblest goals?
(a) Our id.
(b) Our superego.
(c) Our ego ideal.
(d) Our ego.

5. "Our conscience is our _____________ installed in our mind."
(a) Parents.
(b) Society.
(c) Collective consciousness.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the personality that evolves when a child cannot trust their own feelings and takes on the personality traits of others?

2. Repression, reaction formation, isolation, and denial are all mechanisms of defense against what?

3. "Reality testing" means what?

4. Who created the character Alexander Portnoy?

5. Escaping to an earlier stage of development in an effort to deal with socially unacceptable feelings toward a new sibling is called what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

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