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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. Levinson calls a mid-life crisis what?
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. Viorst contends that our unconscious sexual thoughts toward friends are masked as what?
4. According to Chapter 14, parents suffer from the one of the following in a similar fashion to children.
5. Who said the following? "Now she is aware of some of the losses you incur by being here -- the extraordinary rent you have to pay as long as you stay."
Short Essay Questions
1. Name two of the stages of mourning that Viorst describes in Chapter 16.
2. According to the book, why are friends so important?
3. What are a few of the difficulties of a marriage relationship mentioned in Chapter 13?
4. In thinking about losses as a lifelong theme, name some of the juxtapositions that Viorst discusses in Chapter 20.
5. According to Freud, is it unusual to have sexual feelings toward friends? How does this impact our friendships with the opposite sex?
6. What is described as the ultimate separation in Chapter 18?
7. How does baggage from childhood put pressure on a marriage?
8. What does Freud say about religious thoughts of an afterlife?
9. What is the fundamental tension in all man-woman marriages?
10. What happens in our thirties, in relation to our parents?
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
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 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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