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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. What food was Robertson's poem about?
(a) Pear.
(b) Artichoke.
(c) Pomegranate.
(d) Apple.

2. On what holy day did Lynch land in Ireland when Nora became sick?
(a) Ash Wednesday.
(b) Easter Sunday.
(c) Good Friday.
(d) Maundy Thursday.

3. What poem did Thomas Lynch recite his fall from a fire escape in college?
(a) "Slouching Towards Bethlehem."
(b) "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
(c) "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed."
(d) "The Jabberwocky."

4. In what state did Nugent teach in college when he met his wife?
(a) Kentucky.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Arkansas.
(d) North Carolina.

5. Where did they conduct this conference?
(a) The Greater Antilles.
(b) Bermuda.
(c) The Lesser Antilles.
(d) Jamaica.

6. Children under twelve accounted for approximately what percentage of deaths in 1900?
(a) Half.
(b) One-fourth.
(c) One-third.
(d) One-eighth.

7. What nationality was Paterson?
(a) Irish.
(b) Scottish.
(c) English.
(d) Welsh.

8. From what surgery did Mr. Lynch have a scar?
(a) Appendectomy.
(b) Gallbladder.
(c) Pacemaker.
(d) Heart bypass.

9. What poet made the statement about men dying for what they miss in poetry?
(a) William Butler Yeats.
(b) William Carlos Williams.
(c) Walt Whitman.
(d) Robert Frost.

10. What did Lynch's mother convince her husband to get their son Dan?
(a) A trampoline.
(b) A swimming pool.
(c) A bicycle.
(d) A BB gun.

11. In what town's hospital was Nora treated?
(a) Waterford.
(b) Galway.
(c) Ennis.
(d) Cork.

12. What kind of food did Lynch say many neighbors brought over after his divorce?
(a) Chicken pot pies.
(b) Chili.
(c) Beef stews.
(d) Roasted chicken.

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

14. What was the surname on the stone that hit Stephanie?
(a) Simpson.
(b) Foster.
(c) Stephens.
(d) O'Malley.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What Friday night TV show did Lynch mention when discussing his generation's approach to death?

2. What town did Lynch explore while on his trip in Chapter 5?

3. How old was the boy whose mother strangled him with a belt?

4. To what did Nugent's poem refer?

5. How many years of marriage did Nugent's poem refer to?

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