Necessary Losses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. According to Chapter 7, our adult sexuality is in response to what?

2. What is one of the necessary losses discussed in Chapter 3?

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

4. The Cinderella Complex says that women are programmed for what?

5. Chapter 3 addresses how the "Private I" is the person who lives underneath the facade that is created in order to ___________ those around them.

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss some of the means, covered in Chapter 2, by which we attempt to restore oneness with our mothers.

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

3. What are the four stages of human development that many analysts agree upon and how are they similar to each other?

4. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

5. According to Freud, what is the age of latency?

6. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

8. The term "penis envy" can sound quite ridiculous, but Viorst points out that it takes on many metaphorical meanings. What are some of those possible symbolic meanings?

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

10. Excessive punishment of ourselves rests on the illusion of what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the perception that our image of our mother as an all-loving, all-encompassing being with the reality of what most mother's really must be. Why do we all seem to have such idealistic perceptions of mothers as such selfless, loving beings? Are these perceptions based in some reality or just fantasy? How do these perceptions play out and affect who we become, our expectations for love in other relationships, etc.?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the different times of life that are covered in the book. What is similar about them? What is different? What are some life lessons you can take away that may help you navigate the developmental stages you have yet to experience?

Essay Topic 3

Examining the many negative traits of marriage discussed in Chapter 13, arrive at a personal conclusion as to whether the marriage relationship is worth the effort or not. Support your stance with examples from the book and your real life experiences.

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