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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. As children, Viorst thinks we test reality with what?

2. De-identification can help siblings feel superior in different ways, but it can also lead to what negative result?

3. According to Chapter 11, we sometimes fear that our fantasies can do what?

4. As a result of unconscious guilt, criminals sometimes do what?

5. According to Freud, when does the age of latency occur?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Chapter 17, what redefines us throughout our lives?

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

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

5. What support does Viorst give to the Cinderella Complex?

6. When a child sees a mother as all-good or all-bad, how can this affect their future relationships?

7. Other than a parent, what other things impact who a child becomes?

8. Name the five stages of dying described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Briefly describe each stage.

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 15 talks about the "corporate characteristic" of families, specifically mentioning the Bachs and the Kennedys. Explore this idea of family identity and myths. Using support from the book, in what ways is it helpful for families? In what ways could it be problematic? Consider your own experience and whether your family or friends' families have a "corporate characteristic."

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing the four developmental stages of childhood detailed in Chapter 10. How do these stages build upon one another? Must these stages happen in a sequential way, or can a person skip around within the stages?

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