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

2. "It is __________ to grow up."

3. Who said, "To be a man, a woman, an adult, is to accept responsibility"?

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

5. Subliminal messages of "Mommy and I are one," have proven to result in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Growing up means what, according to Chapter 10?

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

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

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

7. Why do we have fantasies?

8. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

9. What did Alfred Adler note about the relationship between siblings and how it influences who we become as adults?

10. Discuss some of the means, covered in Chapter 2, by which we attempt to restore oneness with our mothers.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the six types of friends outlined in Chapter 12. What are they named, what are their characteristics, and how are they different?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the perception that our image of our mother as an all-loving, all-encompassing being with the reality of what most mother's really must be. Why do we all seem to have such idealistic perceptions of mothers as such selfless, loving beings? Are these perceptions based in some reality or just fantasy? How do these perceptions play out and affect who we become, our expectations for love in other relationships, etc.?

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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