Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, The Undertaking Abstract
* Thomas Lynch was the only undertaker in his hometown of Milford, Michigan.
* Lynch buried a few hundred of his fellow townspeople each year.
Chapter 2, Gladstone Abstract
* Lynch predicted the market based on a crude death rate.
* Two-thirds of the dead were elderly, 5% children, and 2.5 were baby boomers.
Chapter 3, Crapper Abstract
* People assumed...
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