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Thomas Lynch
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many words did Roberton's poem contain?
(a) 45.
(b) 64.
(c) 53.
(d) 59.

2. What brand of vehicle did Lynch refer to when discussing the power of advertising?
(a) Chryslers.
(b) Toyotas.
(c) Chevys.
(d) Fords.

3. What Asian city did Lynch mention as a place where funeral pyres are frequent?
(a) Delhi.
(b) Calcutta.
(c) Peshawar.
(d) Bangkok.

4. How many golf courses opened in Milford in the course of a year?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Five.

5. To what fast food restaurant did Lynch refer when talking about non-custodial parents?
(a) Burger King.
(b) McDonald's.
(c) Wendy's.
(d) Taco Bell.

6. How old was Nugent's second wife when they married?
(a) 20.
(b) 18.
(c) 25.
(d) 30.

7. In what month did the Michigan undertakers conduct their conference?
(a) February.
(b) March.
(c) January.
(d) December.

8. What kind of coffin did the priest want to be buried in?
(a) Mahagony.
(b) Oak.
(c) Pine.
(d) Bronze.

9. In what magazine was Robertson trying to get published?
(a) Atlantic.
(b) Utne Reader.
(c) Vanity Fair.
(d) New Yorker.

10. Approximately how many of his townspeople were cremated each year?
(a) Four to five dozen.
(b) Two to three dozen.
(c) Five dozen.
(d) One to two dozen.

11. What funeral related item did Lynch sell on commission?
(a) Urns.
(b) Cemetery plots.
(c) Flowers.
(d) Caskets.

12. What kind of business did Milo own?
(a) A bookstore.
(b) A convenience store.
(c) A drugstore.
(d) A laundromat.

13. How did Milo die?
(a) Cancer.
(b) Car accident.
(c) Heart failure.
(d) Unspecified illness.

14. What did Lynch have a drink of every night?
(a) Irish whiskey.
(b) Scotch.
(c) Wine.
(d) Beer.

15. What Christian writer did Lynch's mother frequently read?
(a) St. Francis.
(b) St. Augustine.
(c) Thomas Kempis.
(d) Thomas Aquinas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Out of a thousand people in a room, how many would be expected to die by the end of the year according to Lynch's analogy in Chapter 1?

2. To what did Nugent's poem refer?

3. What American TV show did Nora Lynch begin watching once she got her first television set?

4. What kind of minister was almost decked when he told a grieving parent that the body of her dead daughter was just a shell?

5. In what Irish town were Lynch and Don Paterson discussing Thomas Crapper?

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