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

2. Simone de Beauvoir once said, "Old age is life's ___________."

3. What is it called when someone keeps everything just the same after someone dies?

4. Which three fictional characters discussed in the book does Viorst specifically mention in Chapter 20?

5. Viorst's poem, "I bring the children one more glass of water," is about what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does our focus shift in middle age to discovering our family's history?

2. What impact does middle age tend to have on a marriage?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sigmund Freud first discovered and described the Oedipus complex. Write an essay about the beginning of this complex, why it was named after Oedipus, and how it continues to impact modern psychology. Using support from the book and your own life, discuss why or why not you may agree or disagree with Freud and Viorst's view of this theory.

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

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?

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