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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. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.
(a) Family roles.
(b) Roots.
(c) Cousins.
(d) Elementary school friends.

2. What was the name of the married woman with four children, mentioned in Chapter 12, who formed a non-sexual friendship with another man?
(a) Evelyn.
(b) Elizabeth.
(c) Dorothy.
(d) Lucy.

3. According to Viorst, the different roles we assign ourselves keep life interesting and fluid, rather than _____________.
(a) Unpredictable.
(b) Constricting.
(c) Boring.
(d) Topsy-turvy.

4. In this book, mentioned in Chapter 12, it is stated that despite sexual feelings toward friends of the same sex, individuals need not necessarily define themselves as "homosexual." What is the name of the book?
(a) My Friend Pat.
(b) Intimacy and Friendship Through College.
(c) Friends and Lovers in the College Years.
(d) Friends and Lovers for Life.

5. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?
(a) Letting loose and exploring unfulfilled dreams.
(b) Getting the children out of the house.
(c) Uniting ourselves with reality and achieving balance.
(d) Moving our parents to a nursing home.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who once said, "God ordains that every genius shall have an illness at forty"?

2. A capacity to feel pleasure in the pleasures of other people is an example of what?

3. According to Lillian Rubin, the sexual difference between men and women leads to what in a marriage relationship?

4. Who said, "In erotic love, two people who were separate become one. In motherly love, two people who were one become separate."

5. Who was the psychologist who said that marriage requires "a wise balancing of love and hate"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of unexpected emotions can we feel towards friends? How do they impact our friendships?

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

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

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

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

6. According to the book, why are friends so important?

7. Why does our focus shift in middle age to discovering our family's history?

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

9. 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?

10. What are a few of the difficulties of a marriage relationship mentioned in Chapter 13?

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