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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 it called when someone keeps everything just the same after someone dies?
(c) Untouched grief.
2. Simone de Beauvoir once said, "Old age is life's ___________."
(b) Swan song.
(c) Cruel joke.
(d) Final act.
3. Chapter 18 refers to which famous character as the ultimate retiree?
(a) King Lear.
4. A capacity to feel pleasure in the pleasures of other people is an example of what?
(c) Pleasure transfer.
(d) Ego transcendence.
5. What are we often unaware of that we bring with us into a marriage?
(a) Our parent's relationship.
(b) Perfect love.
(c) The Oedipus complex.
(d) The unfinished business of childhood.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who was the psychologist who said that marriage requires "a wise balancing of love and hate"?
2. According to Viorst, what types of feelings are present in ALL friendships?
3. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."
4. What's the title of the book?
5. Viorst details which famous baby doctor in Chapter 18?
Short Essay Questions
1. What types of unexpected emotions can we feel towards friends? How do they impact our friendships?
2. What are a few of the difficulties of a marriage relationship mentioned in Chapter 13?
3. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.
4. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?
5. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?
6. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?
7. What is described as the ultimate separation in Chapter 18?
8. Why does our focus shift in middle age to discovering our family's history?
9. According to the book, when does the way we will handle aging begin?
10. 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?
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