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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. According to Chapter 12, growing up involves giving up what illusion?

2. Who else, besides mothers, links separation and danger?

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

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the perception that our image of our mother as an all-loving, all-encompassing being with the reality of what most mother's really must be. Why do we all seem to have such idealistic perceptions of mothers as such selfless, loving beings? Are these perceptions based in some reality or just fantasy? How do these perceptions play out and affect who we become, our expectations for love in other relationships, etc.?

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

Chapter 15 talks about the "corporate characteristic" of families, specifically mentioning the Bachs and the Kennedys. Explore this idea of family identity and myths. Using support from the book, in what ways is it helpful for families? In what ways could it be problematic? Consider your own experience and whether your family or friends' families have a "corporate characteristic."

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