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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. "Reality testing" means what?

2. Chapter 3 addresses how the "Private I" is the person who lives underneath the facade that is created in order to ___________ those around them.

3. What is one of the necessary losses discussed in Chapter 3?

4. Viorst states, "All of us, to some degree, are _______________."

5. Which fictional character mentioned in the book chooses not to become a man, and stay as a boy forever?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does J.D. Salinger's character from The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, not want to grow up?

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

5. Why are we afraid of fantasies that portray socially unacceptable behavior?

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

7. According to Chapter 9, what kind of person lacks guilt?

8. Why is Chapter 1 entitled, "The High Cost of Separation"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write an essay describing the four developmental stages of childhood detailed in Chapter 10. How do these stages build upon one another? Must these stages happen in a sequential way, or can a person skip around within the stages?

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