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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. Chapter 18 refers to which famous character as the ultimate retiree?
(a) Romeo.
(b) Oedipus.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) King Lear.

2. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?
(a) Leave a note on their dresser.
(b) Set out their clothes.
(c) Hire a babysitter.
(d) Make a Travel Book.

3. 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) Elizabeth.
(b) Dorothy.
(c) Evelyn.
(d) Lucy.

4. According to Chapter 13, there can be no human love without what?
(a) A caring parental relationship.
(b) Fear.
(c) Ambivalence.
(d) Passion and romance.

5. Friends and intimate partners are considered what?
(a) Two different types of relationships.
(b) The true test of a good marriage.
(c) One and the same.
(d) A rare phenomenon found only in humans.

Short Answer Questions


2. According to Chapter 12, growing up involves giving up what illusion?

3. There are what number of friendships that Viorst labels in Chapter 12?

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

5. Who said the following? "Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here -- the extraordinary rent you have to pay as long as you stay."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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