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. What is the first phase of mourning discussed in Chapter 16?

2. What's the title of the book?

3. Viorst references The World According to Garp and a mishearing of this term by a child.

4. Which recent development does Viorst think is a positive new step toward good death?

5. In our middle years, we may seek to reconnect with our _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sigmund Freud first discovered and described the Oedipus complex. Write an essay about the beginning of this complex, why it was named after Oedipus, and how it continues to impact modern psychology. Using support from the book and your own life, discuss why or why not you may agree or disagree with Freud and Viorst's view of this theory.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the perception that our image of our mother as an all-loving, all-encompassing being with the reality of what most mother's really must be. Why do we all seem to have such idealistic perceptions of mothers as such selfless, loving beings? Are these perceptions based in some reality or just fantasy? How do these perceptions play out and affect who we become, our expectations for love in other relationships, etc.?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing the four developmental stages of childhood detailed in Chapter 10. How do these stages build upon one another? Must these stages happen in a sequential way, or can a person skip around within the stages?

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