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

2. Which of the following psychoanalysts said we create religion to "exorcise the terrors" of nature?

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

4. Which famous author wrote this about the loss of his cherished wife: "The first plunge of the knife into the flesh is felt again and again"?

5. What is the name of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's highly influential book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to the book, when does the way we will handle aging begin?

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

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

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

7. How did Viorst's three friends approach death differently?

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

9. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Chapter 14 discusses the theory that parents will do anything to protect their children and try to give them a better life than they themselves had. Discuss the various ways in which mothers, especially, try to make their children better people than themselves. Use examples from the book for support.

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