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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 psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, immature love follows what principle?

2. Mrs. C slept in the same bed as her mother until she was how old?

3. According to Chapter 8, what does modern science say that all mammals start out as?

4. Viorst feels that there is a always a grain of what in our love relationships?

5. According to Viorst, grown-up love must begin with what?

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 did Stanley Milgram's experiment reveal about people?

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. What support does Viorst give to the Cinderella Complex?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What important steps in human development take place at middle age? Discuss how we continue to define who we are through this process.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 15 talks about the "corporate characteristic" of families, specifically mentioning the Bachs and the Kennedys. Explore this idea of family identity and myths. Using support from the book, in what ways is it helpful for families? In what ways could it be problematic? Consider your own experience and whether your family or friends' families have a "corporate characteristic."

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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