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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 is composed of our noblest goals?

2. According to Viorst, what are we all striving to be?

3. Henry David Thoreau's little isolated cabin was how far from his mother's house?

4. "Reality testing" means what?

5. How does Viorst purport that we form an identification of "I"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What impact does middle age tend to have on a marriage?

4. What can happen as a result of a mother's fear that her child's psyche is fragile? How can this affect the child?

5. Viorst suggests two necessary losses in Chapter 14. Name one of them.

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

7. Why did Art Buchwald, journalist and friend of the author, say that he understands about "scars on the brain"?

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

9. According to the book, why are friends so important?

10. What are a few of the difficulties of a marriage relationship mentioned in Chapter 13?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast normal/healthy mourning with that of chronic mourning, according to the book. How are they similar? What is different about the process of chronic mourning? Can grief be resolved through either process?

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

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?

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