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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. Which famous author's daughter suddenly died at the age of 24?
(a) John Steinbeck.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

2. How many stages are there in the journey towards death according to Kubler-Ross?
(a) Ten.
(b) Two.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

3. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?
(a) Doctor assisted death.
(b) The hospice movement.
(c) Increased suicides of cancer patients.
(d) Hospital good-byes.

4. Viorst's poem, "I bring the children one more glass of water," is about what?
(a) Being an overworked mother.
(b) The anxieties of going to sleep as a child.
(c) Sex not being so sexy anymore.
(d) A dream of helping children find clean water.

5. What is it called when someone keeps everything just the same after someone dies?
(a) Museumification.
(b) Untouched grief.
(c) Creepy.
(d) Mummification.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said, "In erotic love, two people who were separate become one. In motherly love, two people who were one become separate."

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

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

4. A man in his forties confessed to Viorst that he reviewed his life insurance policy after he was diagnosed with what?

5. Which of the following psychoanalysts said we create religion to "exorcise the terrors" of nature?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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