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


2. Madame Bovary uses what metaphor to describe marriage?

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

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

5. There are what number of friendships that Viorst labels in Chapter 12?

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 is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

3. 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?

4. Other than a parent, what other things impact who a child becomes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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