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

3. Viorst feels that only through _____________ can "our loss be transcended."

4. Name the experimental psychologist who convinced people it was acceptable to continue shocking subjects despite their response to pain.

5. According to Chapter 7, what destroys the innocence of the family bond?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can happen as a result of a mother's fear that her child's psyche is fragile? How can this affect the child?

3. Why does our focus shift in middle age to discovering our family's history?

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

5. According to the book, when does the way we will handle aging begin?

6. What did Stanley Milgram's experiment reveal about people?

7. Viorst suggests two necessary losses in Chapter 14. Name one of them.

8. According to Freud, is it unusual to have sexual feelings toward friends? How does this impact our friendships with the opposite sex?

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

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

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 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 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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