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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. Why does Viorst think some people fear success?

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

3. What are the ingrained patterns repeated in adulthood due to childhood experiences called?

4. Winnicott argues that denying _____ prevents "the developing child from facing and learning to tolerate" this emotion in themselves.

5. According to Viorst, siblings destroy our dream of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Freud name it the Oedipus complex?

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

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

4. Denying hate prevents what, according to Winicott?

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

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

7. When a child sees a mother as all-good or all-bad, how can this affect their future relationships?

8. What happens when we do not behave in accordance with our conscience?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 11 details the positive and negative aspects of our dreams and fantasies. Compare and contrast fantasy versus reality using ideas from the book. How are they similar? How are they different? Do they serve the same purpose?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the proposal by the author that extended separation from a mother can result in permanent emotional damage in light of our societal structure. If, as the author proposes, our entire societal structure is called into question by a child's absolute need for his or her mother, in what ways would you go about restructuring our society? What changes would you make? How involved should government be? What role would churches and other community organizations play in shifting the priorities of an entire society?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 14 discusses the theory that parents will do anything to protect their children and try to give them a better life than they themselves had. Discuss the various ways in which mothers, especially, try to make their children better people than themselves. Use examples from the book for support.

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