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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. Some primitive tribes have allowed their men to express what sort of envy?

2. Which of the following, according to the author, may be an inappropriate way to deal with the grieving of childhood?

3. Which of the answers below describes the stages and challenges of the life cycle according to Erik Erikson?

4. "Reality testing" means what?

5. Some children develop a false self from what type of parenting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does our superego have to do with resolving the Oedipus complex?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

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

8. Viorst lists many things that healthy adults know. Name two.

9. Why do we have fantasies?

10. Despite a constant desire for independence, why do young children keep coming back to their mothers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What important steps in human development take place at middle age? Discuss how we continue to define who we are through this process.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 11 details the positive and negative aspects of our dreams and fantasies. Compare and contrast fantasy versus reality using ideas from the book. How are they similar? How are they different? Do they serve the same purpose?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 14 discusses the theory that parents will do anything to protect their children and try to give them a better life than they themselves had. Discuss the various ways in which mothers, especially, try to make their children better people than themselves. Use examples from the book for support.

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