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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. As children, Viorst thinks we test reality with what?
(a) Our actions.
(b) Wishful thinking.
(c) Our pretend play.
(d) Daydreaming.

2. De-identification can help siblings feel superior in different ways, but it can also lead to what negative result?
(a) It can impose limitations on our talents and interests.
(b) It can lead to competition in those different areas.
(c) It can result in negative personality traits such as pride, arrogance, or narcissism.
(d) It can leave one child overshadowed by the other.

3. According to Chapter 11, we sometimes fear that our fantasies can do what?
(a) Make us mean.
(b) Change us.
(c) Reveal the sick, depraved person we really are.
(d) Have the power to control reality.

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

5. According to Freud, when does the age of latency occur?
(a) 7-10 years old.
(b) 13-18 years old.
(c) 3-5 years old.
(d) 18-21 years old.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 3 addresses how the "Private I" is the person who lives underneath the facade that is created in order to ___________ those around them.

2. Marvin and _______ experience great physical discomfort because of their unconscious guilt.

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

4. While in the hospital, a little boy who was set on fire by his mother is crying for whom?

5. Which of the following, according to the author, may be an inappropriate way to deal with the grieving of childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name two of the stages of mourning that Viorst describes in Chapter 16.

2. According to Chapter 17, what redefines us throughout our lives?

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

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

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

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

7. Other than a parent, what other things impact who a child becomes?

8. Name the five stages of dying described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Briefly describe each stage.

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

10. What does it mean if a child and mother aren't a good fit?

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