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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 American author was mentioned in Chapter 2?
(a) Somerset Waugh.
(b) Jessica Mitford.
(c) Joan Didion.
(d) James Agee.

2. What was the name of the woman whose body smelled bad because of her last meal?
(a) Lynch.
(b) Regan.
(c) Sheehan.
(d) O'Brien.

3. On what day was Lynch's mother buried?
(a) Pentecost.
(b) Halloween.
(c) All Saint's Day.
(d) Feast of the Epiphany.

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

5. In what year was Lynch's Michigan house built?
(a) 1875.
(b) 1890.
(c) 1880.
(d) 1910.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many hours did the undertaker work on the murdered girl?

2. What did Lynch's mother convince her husband to get their son Dan?

3. To what medical procedure did Lynch refer when speaking about people's aversion to funerals?

4. In what social organization was Milo a leader?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Nugent have several relationships following his divorce and did they help him find love?

3. Why did Lynch enjoy not having access to indoor plumbing when he first visited his cousins in Ireland?

4. What are the dangers of viewing the dead as an "embarrassment?"

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

6. According to Lynch, why do people find it important to have bodies to bury?

7. How did Lynch handle being a father while serving as an undertaker and seeing dead children?

8. Of all the choices offered by Lynch to explain Stephanie's death, which one seemed to be the one he would choose?

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

10. How does Lynch view the work done by his colleague Wesley Rice with the young, murdered girl?

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