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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 the book, the conscious daydreams that drift through our minds bring hints to us of what kind of world?

2. The Cinderella Complex says that women are programmed for what?

3. What was the title of Delia Ephron's book about adolescent angst referenced in Chapter 10?

4. What is the name of the philosopher who said, "Man is the being who is capable of becoming guilty and is capable of illuminating his guilt"?

5. At the end of Chapter 8, Margaret Mead uses what type of profession in her analogy about accepting what we were born with?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Freud, what is the age of latency?

2. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

3. Using an example from the book, describe ways in which the Oedipus complex can play out in the lives of adults.

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

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

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

7. Why were Hansel and Gretel so close to each other relationally?

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

9. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Our desire to have our parents' love all to ourselves is often most obviously expressed after the birth of a sibling. Discuss the ways in which children try to cope and deal with these strong feelings. Be sure to use stories and support from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Examining the many negative traits of marriage discussed in Chapter 13, arrive at a personal conclusion as to whether the marriage relationship is worth the effort or not. Support your stance with examples from the book and your real life experiences.

Essay Topic 3

When mothers who reject our dependency push us from the nest too soon, the author says, we "adapt, or crumple, or compromise." Discuss the ways in which children can respond to each individual situation. In what ways can parents help children through such an experience? Why do you feel parents sometimes prematurely demand independence from their children?

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