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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 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?
(a) William.
(b) Jeff.
(c) Jonathan.
(d) Biff.

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

3. What type of relationship reinforces our self-knowledge, widens our worldview, and supports our self-esteem?
(a) A mentoring relationship.
(b) Marriage.
(c) The parent-child relationship.
(d) Friendship.

4. According to Chapter 14, parents suffer from the one of the following in a similar fashion to children.
(a) Separation anxiety.
(b) Fear of abandonment.
(c) Insecurity about themselves.
(d) Oedipus complex.

5. 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) Evelyn.
(c) Lucy.
(d) Dorothy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Viorst says, "Losing is the price we pay for __________."

2. Which book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?

3. How many stages are there in the journey towards death according to Kubler-Ross?

4. Intimate male-female relationships are rare because of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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