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

2. To what was Richard Steele referring in the following quote? "... the compleatest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life."
(a) Marriage.
(b) Family.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Death.

3. What are the names of Viorst's three sons?
(a) Anthony, Nicholas, and Alexander
(b) Shannon, Scott, and Brian
(c) Tony, John, and Robert
(d) Michael, William, and Henry

4. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?
(a) Necessary losses.
(b) Setbacks.
(c) Disappointments.
(d) Changes.

5. Which three fictional characters discussed in the book does Viorst specifically mention in Chapter 20?
(a) Margaret, Alex Portnoy, King Lear
(b) Emma Bovary, Alex Portnoy, Ivan Ilych
(c) Hamlet, Oedipus, Owen Meany
(d) Holden Caulfield, Hamlet, Marlow

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the father in the poem referenced in Chapter 14 finally conclude?

2. What's the title of the book?

3. Which famous family does Viorst mention in Chapter 15?

4. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?

5. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What impact does middle age tend to have on a marriage?

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

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

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

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

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

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 is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

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