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 book referenced in Chapter 14 references the "good mother"?

2. Who was Viorst describing when she said they fought death like a championship game?

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

4. According to a psychologist in Chapter 13, husbands and wives are each other's what?

5. What is the first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Using support from the book, explore the poem by Maxine Kumin entitled, "After Love." How does this poem support the author's stance that we all seek a substitute for the loss of oneness with our mother through other means? How does a moment like the one the poet describes fulfill our need, though temporarily, to feel oneness again?

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