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

2. According to the author, absence makes the heart grow _____________.
(a) Frantic.
(b) Warmer.
(c) Fonder.
(d) Colder.

3. Viorst states, "All of us, to some degree, are _______________."
(a) Bisexual.
(b) Asexual.
(c) Primarily sexual.
(d) Homosexual.

4. Chapter 5 states that even an average mother is perceived by a child as _____________.
(a) Inadequate.
(b) Better than average.
(c) Stern.
(d) Perfect.

5. Who said, "To be a man, a woman, an adult, is to accept responsibility"?
(a) Sigmund Freud
(b) Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(c) Jean Valjean
(d) Victor Hugo

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Chapter 11 discusses our what?

3. When the child decides to replace the hostility towards the new sibling with some other activity, it is referred to as what?

4. "It is __________ to grow up."

5. How does the author feel we can move past re-creating what has already happened?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Discuss some of the means, covered in Chapter 2, by which we attempt to restore oneness with our mothers.

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

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

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

9. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

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

(see the answer keys)

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