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

2. In what year did John Hillenbrand purchase the Batesville Coffin Company?
(a) 1918.
(b) 1906.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1910.

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

4. In what decade of life did most of the Lynch men die?
(a) 60s.
(b) 70s.
(c) 50s.
(d) 40s.

5. If he is cremated, what does Lynch want done with the ashes?
(a) Buried.
(b) Kept in his family's home.
(c) Scattered over town.
(d) Kept in the funeral parlor.

6. What American writer referred to the "imp of the perverse"?
(a) Herman Melville.
(b) H.P. Lovecraft.
(c) Edgar Allen Poe.
(d) Emily Dickinson.

7. What did Lynch sarcastically mention as a "tidy" type of assisted suicide?
(a) Shooting range.
(b) Electrocution.
(c) Jumping off a building.
(d) Hanging.

8. Where did Lynch meet Sweeney?
(a) Dublin.
(b) Milford.
(c) London.
(d) New York.

9. In what German city did Sweeney study?
(a) Munich.
(b) Mainz.
(c) Heidelberg.
(d) Freiburg.

10. Before Kevorkian, how many attempted suicides were women?
(a) Five out of six.
(b) Seven out of ten.
(c) Nine out of ten.
(d) Three out of five.

11. What was did the Oak Grove cemetery pre-date?
(a) War of 1812.
(b) World War I.
(c) World War II.
(d) Civil War.

12. What did Reader want done with his body after death?
(a) He wanted to be cremated.
(b) He wanted it donated to medical training.
(c) He wanted to be buried in a simple shroud.
(d) He wanted to be buried in a simple cardboard box.

13. What poet is quoted at the beginning of "Tract"?
(a) William Carols Williams.
(b) Walt Whitman.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) William Butler Yeats.

14. What did Kevorkian's attorney suggest for the doctor?
(a) A Medal of Honor.
(b) A position as Surgeon General.
(c) A political career.
(d) A Nobel Prize.

15. Before Kevorkian, how many "successful" suicides were men?
(a) Four out of six.
(b) Five out of six.
(c) Nine out of ten.
(d) Three out of five.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What was Kevorkian's training in?

4. What was Reader's favorite holiday?

5. If he was cremated, where did Reader want his ashes scattered?

(see the answer keys)

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