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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 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's highly influential book?
(a) The Last Cattle Call.
(b) On Death and Dying.
(c) Death Comes for the Archbishop.
(d) O, Death, Be Mine.

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) Friendship.
(b) Marriage.
(c) Family.
(d) Death.

3. How did Cecil and Julia Saunders die?
(a) They died in a car accident.
(b) Their plane crashed on the way to their granddaughter's wedding.
(c) They shot themselves.
(d) Someone broke into their house and killed them.

4. The earliest text on the subject of aging came from where?
(a) Iraq.
(b) Greece.
(c) China.
(d) Egypt.

5. According to Chapter 20, Viorst is living on what to beat her middle-aged spread?
(a) NutriSystem.
(b) Weight Watchers.
(c) Lean Cuisine.
(d) Grapefruit.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Levinson calls a mid-life crisis what?

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

4. Viorst contends that our unconscious sexual thoughts toward friends are masked as what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does baggage from childhood put pressure on a marriage?

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

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

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