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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which two psychologists believe that the contacts between infant and mother produce a "deep libidinal pleasure"?

2. When does it become clear to the child that his needs are different than his mother's?

3. Viorst states that what kind of parents are sexually attracted to their child?

4. In Chapter 8, the author discusses another "necessary loss." Which one is it?

5. What was the title of Delia Ephron's book about adolescent angst referenced in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does J.D. Salinger's character from The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, not want to grow up?

2. Who first discovered the Oedipus complex? How did he/she describe it?

3. Why are we afraid of fantasies that portray socially unacceptable behavior?

4. Growing up means what, according to Chapter 10?

5. How does the author propose that some men compensate for their envy of a woman's ability to have children?

6. What did Alfred Adler note about the relationship between siblings and how it influences who we become as adults?

7. Why does sibling rivalry tend to diminish with age?

8. Why do we have fantasies?

9. What did Stanley Milgram's experiment reveal about people?

10. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using support from the book, discuss whether the differences between males and females are innate or cultural.

Essay Topic 2

Our desire to have our parents' love all to ourselves is often most obviously expressed after the birth of a sibling. Discuss the ways in which children try to cope and deal with these strong feelings. Be sure to use stories and support from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the process of us becoming our own person. How is our identity primarily formed? What pitfalls may we encounter along the way? How do our parents influence the process? Do they hinder or encourage the discovery of our primary self?

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