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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 Viorst, how often do families discuss sibling rivalry?

2. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."

3. Even as adults, according to the author, we still view our mothers as what?

4. According to psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, immature love follows what principle?

5. According to Chapter 6, is sibling rivalry normal and universal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Rather than be trapped in mourning for what we did not get as children, what does the author propose we do?

4. According to psychoanalyst Margaret Mahler, what is our "psychological birth" ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the proposal by the author that extended separation from a mother can result in permanent emotional damage in light of our societal structure. If, as the author proposes, our entire societal structure is called into question by a child's absolute need for his or her mother, in what ways would you go about restructuring our society? What changes would you make? How involved should government be? What role would churches and other community organizations play in shifting the priorities of an entire society?

Essay Topic 2

Using support from the book, explore the poem by Maxine Kumin entitled, "After Love." How does this poem support the author's stance that we all seek a substitute for the loss of oneness with our mother through other means? How does a moment like the one the poet describes fulfill our need, though temporarily, to feel oneness again?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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