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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. What does Viorst explain we are trying to accomplish when we try to "undo' the separation from our mother?

2. What was the name of the "weird little novel" mentioned by Viorst in Chapter 8?

3. What happens when children see their mothers as all good or all bad?

4. When the child decides to replace the hostility towards the new sibling with some other activity, it is referred to as what?

5. Subliminal messages of "Mommy and I are one," have proven to result in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

5. 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?

6. According to Chapter 9, what kind of person lacks guilt?

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

8. Endocrinologist Estelle Ramey uses what example to support her theory that virtually all differences between male and female are cultural?

9. What happens when we do not behave in accordance with our conscience?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the six types of friends outlined in Chapter 12. What are they named, what are their characteristics, and how are they different?

Essay Topic 2

It seems as though everyone wants to live on beyond their physical life. Discuss ways in which people can live on after their death. Use support from the book and personal experiences. How would you hope to live on beyond death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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