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. Which famous author's daughter suddenly died at the age of 24?

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

3. The following headline ran in what paper? "HER OUTSIDE PREOCCUPATION CAN LEAVE HIM ISOLATED AT TIME OF MORE LEISURE"

4. Who was the psychologist who said that marriage requires "a wise balancing of love and hate"?

5. What is the "corporate characteristic" that Viorst mentions in Chapter 15?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.

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

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

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

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

Using the book as reference, discuss the most important aspects of aging. Based on where you are in life right now, how do you think you will age? What characteristics of yourself will become magnified, and which ones will dissipate?

Essay Topic 2

Using support from the book, explore the poem by Maxine Kumin entitled, "After Love." How does this poem support the author's stance that we all seek a substitute for the loss of oneness with our mother through other means? How does a moment like the one the poet describes fulfill our need, though temporarily, to feel oneness again?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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