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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. Who else, besides mothers, links separation and danger?
(a) Fathers.
(b) Aunts.
(c) Nannies.
(d) Grandmothers.

2. According to Otto Kernberg, adolescent romantic love is the normal, crucial beginning of what?
(a) Adult love.
(b) Eros.
(c) Sexuality.
(d) Puppy love.

3. Men pursue ______________; women yearn for _______________.
(a) Excitement; safety.
(b) Deep relationships; one night stands.
(c) Autonomy; intimacy.
(d) Sex; cuddling.

4. Parents have trouble seeing their children as what?
(a) Competent humans.
(b) Separate people.
(c) Anything but perfect.
(d) A part of themselves.

5. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.
(a) I Hate You, Too.
(b) The Most Complicated Relationship.
(c) Heaven on Earth.
(d) Marriage is Hell.

Short Answer Questions

1. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?

2. Viorst's poem, "I bring the children one more glass of water," is about what?

3. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?

4. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to the book, when does the way we will handle aging begin?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

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