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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 happens when children see their mothers as all good or all bad?
(a) They shun perfect and evil people alike, looking for complete mediocrity in the perfect mate.
(b) They compare everyone they meet to their mothers.
(c) They split from relationships their whole life because they think in terms of black and white.
(d) They form a very close relationship with their fathers.

2. 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.

3. As a result of unconscious guilt, criminals sometimes do what?
(a) Lie to authority figures.
(b) Leave self-damaging evidence.
(c) Confess.
(d) Hide thier crimes.

4. Chapter 11 discusses our what?
(a) Fantasies.
(b) Sleeping patterns.
(c) Perception of reality.
(d) Parents' expectations.

5. In the anecdote about the holy man painting a portrait for a king, who ends up being revealed in the painting?
(a) The king's daughter.
(b) The king's wife.
(c) The holy man.
(d) The king.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."

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

5. According to Viorst, we not only try to re-live the good experiences from our past, but also seek to re-create the bad ones in an effort to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

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

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

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

5. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

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

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

9. Describe the four stages of standing alone.

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

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