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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 first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?
(a) Renewed hope.
(b) Shock.
(c) Hatred of the person who left us.
(d) Endless crying.

2. Intimate male-female relationships are rare because of what?
(a) The sexual tension.
(b) Women would just rather talk to other women.
(c) Socially unacceptable norms.
(d) The adultery factor.

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."
(a) George Eliot.
(b) Annie Dillard.
(c) Virginia Woolf.
(d) Emily Dickinson.

4. As our parents grow old, get sick, and die, we learn to do what in relation to imperfect connections?
(a) Ignore them and continue on our own path.
(b) Stop complaining about them.
(c) Give thanks.
(d) Work them out.

5. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."
(a) It's never too late.
(b) Goethe must have really enjoyed his work.
(c) Faust isn't very good because it was written by an elderly person.
(d) Aging is hard work.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?

2. What is it called when someone keeps everything just the same after someone dies?

3. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?

4. What famous author's memoir entitled Speak, Memory does Viorst reference at the end of Chapter 14?

5. What's the title of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of unexpected emotions can we feel towards friends? How do they impact our friendships?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

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

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?

(see the answer keys)

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