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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 book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?
(a) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
(b) The World According to Garp by John Irving
(c) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
(d) The Mother Knot by Jane Lazarre

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

3. According to Viorst, in middle age we inspire far less ________ than we do ___________.
(a) Hatred; love.
(b) Respect; pity.
(c) Lust; respect.
(d) Admiration; annoyance.

4. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.
(a) Family roles.
(b) Cousins.
(c) Roots.
(d) Elementary school friends.

5. According to Viorst, what types of feelings are present in ALL friendships?
(a) Competitive feelings.
(b) Reserved feelings.
(c) Sad feelings.
(d) Feelings of love.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which sex tends to have only superficial relationships?

2. What was the name of the married woman with four children, mentioned in Chapter 12, who formed a non-sexual friendship with another man?

3. Who said the following? "Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here -- the extraordinary rent you have to pay as long as you stay."

4. Who was Viorst describing when she said they fought death like a championship game?

5. Which philosopher does Viorst quote in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?

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