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. Viorst says, "Losing is the price we pay for __________."

2. Which of the following psychoanalysts said we create religion to "exorcise the terrors" of nature?

3. Which famous family does Viorst mention in Chapter 15?

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

5. In Chapter 16, Viorst quotes which psychologist who wrote the book Loss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is described as the ultimate separation in Chapter 18?

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

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

6. According to the book, why are friends so important?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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