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. Chapter 18 refers to which famous character as the ultimate retiree?

2. According to Otto Kernberg, adolescent romantic love is the normal, crucial beginning of what?

3. According to Viorst, the different roles we assign ourselves keep life interesting and fluid, rather than _____________.

4. What does this line from a poem by Longfellow tell us about old age? "Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last, Completed Faust when eighty years were past."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are some of the different types of loss and mourning discussed in Chapter 16? Do we experience them all in the same way?

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

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

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

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

9. According to Chapter 17, what redefines us throughout our lives?

10. According to the book, why are friends so important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the different times of life that are covered in the book. What is similar about them? What is different? What are some life lessons you can take away that may help you navigate the developmental stages you have yet to experience?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the proposal by the author that extended separation from a mother can result in permanent emotional damage in light of our societal structure. If, as the author proposes, our entire societal structure is called into question by a child's absolute need for his or her mother, in what ways would you go about restructuring our society? What changes would you make? How involved should government be? What role would churches and other community organizations play in shifting the priorities of an entire society?

Essay Topic 3

Our desire to have our parents' love all to ourselves is often most obviously expressed after the birth of a sibling. Discuss the ways in which children try to cope and deal with these strong feelings. Be sure to use stories and support from the book.

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