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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. When we allow some person or group to stand in place of our own conscience, this leads to what?

2. Sigmund Freud once said, "When you meet a human being, the first distinction you make is ______________?"

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

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

5. Which of the following, according to the author, may be an inappropriate way to deal with the grieving of childhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?

3. Viorst describes a sort of "opposites attract" type marriage relationship where each party meets a neurotic need of the other party. What did she call this type of arrangement?

4. Name two of the stages of mourning that Viorst describes in Chapter 16.

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

6. What is described as the ultimate separation in Chapter 18?

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

8. Why do children experience sibling rivalry?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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