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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 does Viorst explain we are trying to accomplish when we try to "undo' the separation from our mother?
(a) Proving we are competent individuals.
(b) Learning to accept and love ourselves.
(c) Vying for our father's affection.
(d) Seeking the unconditional love of our mother's arms.

2. According to Chapter 6, is sibling rivalry normal and universal?
(a) Ten out of ten psychoanalysts answer yes.
(b) It depends on the parenting style.
(c) Only in industrialized nations.
(d) Only in the United States.

3. Sibling rivalry tends to do what as we get older?
(a) Increase.
(b) Intensify.
(c) Diminish.
(d) Disappear.

4. In the study discussed in Chapter 8, how many school children were asked how their lives would be different if they woke up the next morning as the opposite sex?
(a) 50.
(b) 2,000.
(c) 300.
(d) 982.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chapter 7, girls have to give up more of what than boys in outgrowing their Oedipus complex?

2. Chapter 11 discusses our what?

3. What was the title of Delia Ephron's book about adolescent angst referenced in Chapter 10?

4. By consolidating our own "inner law enforcer or superego," we can resolve what in a healthy way?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Freud, is it unusual to have sexual feelings toward friends? How does this impact our friendships with the opposite sex?

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

4. What are some of the different types of loss and mourning discussed in Chapter 16? Do we experience them all in the same way?

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

6. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

7. According to psychoanalyst Margaret Mahler, what is our "psychological birth" ?

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

9. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

10. What happens in our thirties, in relation to our parents?

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