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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. To which Irish country did Robin Robertson go on a residency program?
(a) Tyrone.
(b) Monaghan.
(c) Donegal.
(d) Waterford.

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

3. How many of Lynch's eight siblings are part of the funeral industry?
(a) Six.
(b) Seven.
(c) Five.
(d) All of them.

4. What did Lynch hope to do if he attended any part of the undertakers conference?
(a) Enjoy dinner with fellow undertakers.
(b) Attend lectures.
(c) Play golf.
(d) Talk to older undertakers of his father's generation.

5. What disease did Lynch's father have outbreaks of?
(a) Osteoarthritis.
(b) Rheumatoid arthritis.
(c) Multiple sclerosis.
(d) Malaria.

Short Answer Questions

1. Approximately how many acres are in a par four hole on a golf course?

2. How many siblings did Lynch have?

3. What poem did Thomas Lynch recite his fall from a fire escape in college?

4. When did embalming become common?

5. What kind of food made Lynch and Patterson sick in Ireland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the unique problems faced by undertakers trying to "advertise" their services?

3. How was Lynch helped by stopping his drinking?

4. Why did the Lynch brothers take care of their father's body rather than allow a local undertaker to do the job?

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

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

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

8. Why did Lynch suggest February as a good month for his death and burial?

9. How did Lynch feel about constantly taking Nugent's phone calls following the divorce?

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

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