Necessary Losses Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What's the title of the book?

2. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."

3. Which famous author wrote this about the loss of his cherished wife: "The first plunge of the knife into the flesh is felt again and again"?

4. Which book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?

5. What is the key achievement of mid-life according to Viorst?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the different types of loss and mourning discussed in Chapter 16? Do we experience them all in the same way?

2. According to Chapter 17, what redefines us throughout our lives?

3. What happens in our thirties, in relation to our parents?

4. What impact does middle age tend to have on a marriage?

5. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?

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

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

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

9. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

10. What types of unexpected emotions can we feel towards friends? How do they impact our friendships?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the book as reference, discuss the most important aspects of aging. Based on where you are in life right now, how do you think you will age? What characteristics of yourself will become magnified, and which ones will dissipate?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the process of us becoming our own person. How is our identity primarily formed? What pitfalls may we encounter along the way? How do our parents influence the process? Do they hinder or encourage the discovery of our primary self?

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