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

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

3. 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."

4. According to Chapter 20, Viorst is living on what to beat her middle-aged spread?

5. What was the name of the married woman with four children, mentioned in Chapter 12, who formed a non-sexual friendship with another man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?

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

It seems as though everyone wants to live on beyond their physical life. Discuss ways in which people can live on after their death. Use support from the book and personal experiences. How would you hope to live on beyond death?

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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