The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Lynch's analogy of life as a trip across America, at what point do you meet a girl?
(a) Memphis.
(b) The Poconos.
(c) The Appalachians.
(d) Ohio.

2. When were the first sealed caskets made?
(a) 1940s.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1920s.

3. In what state did someone reach the midpoint of their lives?
(a) Missouri.
(b) Kansas.
(c) Iowa.
(d) Ohio.

4. Approximately how many caskets can someone choose from at the Lynch funeral home?
(a) 15.
(b) 25.
(c) 20.
(d) 30.

5. To what animal did Lynch allude in making his analogy about living at the midpoint?
(a) California condors.
(b) Monarch butterflies.
(c) Salmon.
(d) Elk.

6. What kind of car crushed a worker at a scrap metal yard in Lynch's story?
(a) 1967 Mustang.
(b) 1970 Camaro.
(c) 1975 Mustang.
(d) 1967 Jeep.

7. What kind of car did the two teachers commit suicide in?
(a) Ford.
(b) Dodge.
(c) Chrysler.
(d) Oldsmobile.

8. What medical topic did Sweeney broach when eating rainbow trout?
(a) Heart surgery.
(b) PMS.
(c) Urinary tract infections.
(d) Microsurgery.

9. Approximately how many Japanese die of fugu poisoning every year?
(a) 500.
(b) 200.
(c) 350.
(d) 700.

10. How many assisted suicides are cremated?
(a) Seven out of ten.
(b) Three out of five.
(c) Nine out of ten.
(d) Four out of seven.

11. What singing group did Lynch desire to emulate?
(a) The Rolling Stones.
(b) The Everly Brothers.
(c) The Who.
(d) Simon and Garfunkel.

12. What was the first name of the girl Lynch met and fell in love with?
(a) Jackie.
(b) Johanna.
(c) Joanne.
(d) Joannie.

13. How had the men in Lynch's family died for the most part?
(a) Heart problems.
(b) Old age.
(c) Cancer.
(d) Strokes.

14. How long was the old-fashioned mourning period?
(a) Six months.
(b) As long as the grieved needed it to be.
(c) One year.
(d) Two years.

15. What sport did Lynch mention watching with loved ones in bad weather?
(a) Football.
(b) Baseball.
(c) Soccer.
(d) Golf.

Short Answer Questions

1. What American writer referred to the "imp of the perverse"?

2. At what age did Lynch's mother die?

3. What "coupons" did Lynch give to his family in "The Tract"?

4. What seafood dish did Lynch refer to at the end of Chapter 8?

5. With what did the cuckolded husband kill himself in Chapter 10?

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