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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. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."
(a) Grief.
(b) Life.
(c) Love.
(d) Learning.

2. How does Viorst describe the first loss we experience as humans?
(a) New beginning.
(b) Original loss.
(c) Launch of independence.
(d) First separation.

3. Viorst feels that there is a always a grain of what in our love relationships?
(a) A grain of insecurity.
(b) A grain of hatred.
(c) A grain of jealousy.
(d) A grain of spite.

4. By consolidating our own "inner law enforcer or superego," we can resolve what in a healthy way?
(a) The inadequate feelings of childhood.
(b) Our fear of abandoment.
(c) The Oedipus complex.
(d) Our fear of authority.

5. What is the name of the philosopher who said, "Man is the being who is capable of becoming guilty and is capable of illuminating his guilt"?
(a) Dallas Willard.
(b) Friedrich Nietzsche.
(c) John Locke.
(d) Martin Buber.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 7, our adult sexuality is in response to what?

2. According to the book, the conscious daydreams that drift through our minds bring hints to us of what kind of world?

3. Viorst states that some oneness experiences can go too far and cause what?

4. Seeing our own feelings as those of the new baby's is known as what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the four stages of standing alone.

2. According to Freud, what is the age of latency?

3. Why does J.D. Salinger's character from The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, not want to grow up?

4. What are the four stages of human development that many analysts agree upon and how are they similar to each other?

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

6. Excessive punishment of ourselves rests on the illusion of what?

7. Why is Chapter 1 entitled, "The High Cost of Separation"?

8. How does the author propose that some men compensate for their envy of a woman's ability to have children?

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

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

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