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Thomas Lynch
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of service did the Irish priest who married Lynch say he wanted?
(a) A simple low mass.
(b) No service.
(c) A solemn high mass.
(d) A graveside service.

2. What was St. Stephen the patron saint of?
(a) Hopeless causes.
(b) Stonemasons.
(c) Carpenters.
(d) Bricklayers.

3. How many years did Henry Nugent's second marriage last?
(a) 15 years.
(b) 21 years.
(c) 19 years.
(d) 17 years.

4. How much of his gross earnings were profit?
(a) Ten percent.
(b) Five percent.
(c) Twelve percent.
(d) Seven percent.

5. What kind of food made Lynch and Patterson sick in Ireland?
(a) Chili.
(b) Blood pudding.
(c) Shepherd's pie.
(d) Curry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Approximately how many of his townspeople were cremated each year?

2. To what state did the Nugents move after marrying?

3. How old was Nugent's second wife when they married?

4. How old was Thomas Lynch's oldest child when he divorced?

5. What immigrant group did Lynch say has a fondness for funeral services?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sweeney approach the consuming of food delicacies?

2. How did Lynch try to maintain some of the old traditions after he fixed up the Irish cottage when Nora passed away?

3. Why did the undertakers at the conference seem intent of developing new language to explain what they did for a living?

4. How did Lynch convey the sensuality of the preparation and eating of the artichoke?

5. Did Lynch profess to a certain fascination with dead bodies?

6. What kind of music did Lynch want at his funeral?

7. Why was Henry Nugent unable to get relief from his heartbreak following his divorce?

8. What did Lynch want from his funeral, when all was said and done?

9. Why did Lynch say some cultural groups (immigrant Irish, Diaspora Jews, African-Americans) actually"enjoy" funerals?

10. What characteristic of "successful" suicides did Lynch say he admired?

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