Necessary Losses Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Viorst feels our sexual nature comes from where?

2. "Our conscience is our _____________ installed in our mind."

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

4. According to Viorst, in what way do we primarily form our self-identity?

5. Seeing our own feelings as those of the new baby's is known as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do psychologists think the "Mommy and I Are One" experiments worked?

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

3. What does our superego have to do with resolving the Oedipus complex?

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

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

6. Describe repetition compulsion and what we may be trying to accomplish through it.

7. According to Viorst, why is it okay to have fantasies that are inappropriate if they aren't acted upon?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Chapter 14 discusses the theory that parents will do anything to protect their children and try to give them a better life than they themselves had. Discuss the various ways in which mothers, especially, try to make their children better people than themselves. Use examples from the book for support.

Essay Topic 3

Using the book as reference, discuss the most important aspects of aging. Based on where you are in life right now, how do you think you will age? What characteristics of yourself will become magnified, and which ones will dissipate?

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