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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. There are what number of friendships that Viorst labels in Chapter 12?
(a) Fifteen.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Six.
(d) Two.

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

3. Name the foiled romantic in Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
(a) Elizabeth.
(b) Soline.
(c) Jane.
(d) Emma.

4. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?
(a) Hire a babysitter.
(b) Make a Travel Book.
(c) Leave a note on their dresser.
(d) Set out their clothes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Parents have trouble seeing their children as what?

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

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

4. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?

5. Viorst references The World According to Garp and a mishearing of this term by a child.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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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