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. In what form of internalization do we take on aspects of those we have loved?

2. What is the name of the son in Death of a Salesman that Viorst uses as an example of the restricting roles some parents foist on their children?

3. What is the "corporate characteristic" that Viorst mentions in Chapter 15?

4. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?

5. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Our desire to have our parents' love all to ourselves is often most obviously expressed after the birth of a sibling. Discuss the ways in which children try to cope and deal with these strong feelings. Be sure to use stories and support from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the six types of friends outlined in Chapter 12. What are they named, what are their characteristics, and how are they different?

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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