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

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

3. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.
(a) The Most Complicated Relationship.
(b) I Hate You, Too.
(c) Heaven on Earth.
(d) Marriage is Hell.

4. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?
(a) Intimate enemies.
(b) Best friends.
(c) Greatest lovers.
(d) Coping mechanism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Men pursue ______________; women yearn for _______________.

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

3. What are we often unaware of that we bring with us into a marriage?

4. Friends and intimate partners are considered what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Name two of the stages of mourning that Viorst describes in Chapter 16.

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

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

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

9. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.

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

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