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. Parents have trouble seeing their children as what?

2. According to Viorst, "A new dream will arise when we begin to have our babies..." What is it?

3. Viorst quotes this book, written by Kathrin Perutz, in Chapter 13.

4. Who else, besides mothers, links separation and danger?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Which necessary loss is discussed in Chapter 12?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Viorst describes a sort of "opposites attract" type marriage relationship where each party meets a neurotic need of the other party. What did she call this type of arrangement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the six types of friends outlined in Chapter 12. What are they named, what are their characteristics, and how are they different?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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