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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 is the first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?
(a) Renewed hope.
(b) Shock.
(c) Endless crying.
(d) Hatred of the person who left us.

2. In what form of internalization do we take on aspects of those we have loved?
(a) Identification.
(b) Depression.
(c) Personification.
(d) Chameleonization.

3. Simone de Beauvoir once said, "Old age is life's ___________."
(a) Parody.
(b) Swan song.
(c) Final act.
(d) Cruel joke.

4. Who said, "In erotic love, two people who were separate become one. In motherly love, two people who were one become separate."
(a) Sigmund Freud
(b) Harriet Lerner
(c) Ingrid Bergman
(d) Erich Fromm

5. According to Chapter 12, growing up involves giving up what illusion?
(a) That our parents are perfect.
(b) That friendship is infallible.
(c) That death is inevitable.
(d) That the universe revolves around us.

Short Answer Questions

1. Madame Bovary uses what metaphor to describe marriage?

2. What is the "corporate characteristic" that Viorst mentions in Chapter 15?

3. What is the name of the son in Death of a Salesman that Viorst uses as an example of the restricting roles some parents foist on their children?

4. Men pursue ______________; women yearn for _______________.

5. According to Chapter 14, parents suffer from the one of the following in a similar fashion to children.

Short Essay Questions

1. Viorst suggests two necessary losses in Chapter 14. Name one of them.

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

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

4. Viorst describes a sort of "opposites attract" type marriage relationship where each party meets a neurotic need of the other party. What did she call this type of arrangement?

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

6. How did Viorst's three friends approach death differently?

7. What can happen as a result of a mother's fear that her child's psyche is fragile? How can this affect the child?

8. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.

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

10. What is described as the ultimate separation in Chapter 18?

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