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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 Chapter 14, Viorst lists what about her hometown?

2. What sort of thing did Selena's children no longer want her to do when they separated?

3. According to Viorst, "A new dream will arise when we begin to have our babies..." What is it?

4. To what was Richard Steele referring in the following quote? "... the compleatest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life."

5. Friends and intimate partners are considered what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What important steps in human development take place at middle age? Discuss how we continue to define who we are through this process.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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