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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. According to Chapter 13, there can be no human love without what?
(a) Fear.
(b) Passion and romance.
(c) A caring parental relationship.
(d) Ambivalence.

2. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?
(a) Moving our parents to a nursing home.
(b) Letting loose and exploring unfulfilled dreams.
(c) Uniting ourselves with reality and achieving balance.
(d) Getting the children out of the house.

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

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

5. According to Viorst, the different roles we assign ourselves keep life interesting and fluid, rather than _____________.
(a) Constricting.
(b) Boring.
(c) Topsy-turvy.
(d) Unpredictable.

Short Answer Questions

1. Levinson calls a mid-life crisis what?

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. What's the title of the book?

4. Men pursue ______________; women yearn for _______________.

5. Which philosopher does Viorst quote in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What are some of the different types of loss and mourning discussed in Chapter 16? Do we experience them all in the same way?

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