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. Which famous author's daughter suddenly died at the age of 24?

2. Viorst thinks about development as a lifelong series of what?

3. What is the name of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's highly influential book?

4. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?

5. Viorst details which famous baby doctor in Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Name the five stages of dying described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Briefly describe each stage.

4. What does it mean if a child and mother aren't a good fit?

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

6. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

7. Other than a parent, what other things impact who a child becomes?

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

9. Viorst describes a sort of "opposites attract" type marriage relationship where each party meets a neurotic need of the other party. What did she call this type of arrangement?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When mothers who reject our dependency push us from the nest too soon, the author says, we "adapt, or crumple, or compromise." Discuss the ways in which children can respond to each individual situation. In what ways can parents help children through such an experience? Why do you feel parents sometimes prematurely demand independence from their children?

Essay Topic 2

What important steps in human development take place at middle age? Discuss how we continue to define who we are through this process.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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