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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 the author state that extended separation from a mother can cause a child?

2. What two feelings battle each other at every stage of development?

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

4. How does Viorst describe the first loss we experience as humans?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

7. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Viorst describes various types of guilt throughout Chapter 9. Describe what they are, how they differ, and whether each one serves to help us or negatively impact us.

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

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?

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