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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) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) John Steinbeck.
(c) Mark Twain.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

3. What is the "corporate characteristic" that Viorst mentions in Chapter 15?
(a) A family's medical history.
(b) A family's business or legacy.
(c) A family's community involvement.
(d) A family's collective character.

4. What does the father in the poem referenced in Chapter 14 finally conclude?
(a) That he must let his children go.
(b) That he never should have had children.
(c) That his children will just grow up and go away.
(d) That he can indeed protect his children.

5. Which three fictional characters discussed in the book does Viorst specifically mention in Chapter 20?
(a) Holden Caulfield, Hamlet, Marlow
(b) Margaret, Alex Portnoy, King Lear
(c) Hamlet, Oedipus, Owen Meany
(d) Emma Bovary, Alex Portnoy, Ivan Ilych

Short Answer Questions

1. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?

2. Who else, besides mothers, links separation and danger?

3. Madame Bovary uses what metaphor to describe marriage?

4. According to Chapter 20, Viorst is living on what to beat her middle-aged spread?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

7. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

9. How did Viorst's three friends approach death differently?

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

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