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. According to Viorst, what types of feelings are present in ALL friendships?

2. Name the foiled romantic in Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

3. According to Viorst, "A new dream will arise when we begin to have our babies..." What is it?

4. What's the title of the book?

5. What does the father in the poem referenced in Chapter 14 finally conclude?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

3. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.

4. What are a few of the difficulties of a marriage relationship mentioned in Chapter 13?

5. How did Viorst's three friends approach death differently?

6. Name two of the stages of mourning that Viorst describes in Chapter 16.

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

8. How does baggage from childhood put pressure on a marriage?

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

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

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

Using support from the book, discuss whether the differences between males and females are innate or cultural.

Essay Topic 3

Viorst describes various types of guilt throughout Chapter 9. Describe what they are, how they differ, and whether each one serves to help us or negatively impact us.

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