The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Thomas Lynch
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much would the laundry bill have come to for the work Milo did for Lynch?

2. How did Jessica Mitford refer to undertakers' work on human bodies?

3. In what month did the Michigan undertakers conduct their conference?

4. What ancient human ancestor did Lynch say first buried the dead?

5. On what holy day did Lynch land in Ireland when Nora became sick?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Matthew Sweeney's personality.

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

4. How does Lynch view the current state of debate over abortion?

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

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

7. How did the funeral processions through town change when the Oak Grove bridge collapsed?

8. How did the modern amenities (toilet, television, etc.) change life in the old Irish cottage?

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

10. What lesson did Lynch want to teach Sweeney with his story of the man killed by the falling vehicle at the scrap metal yard?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lynch and his brothers embalmed their father's body at his request. What was the significance of this act? Do you think it was painful or satisfying? Why did the father want his sons to do this? Why did the sons agree to it rather than hire another undertaker from outside the family? How did the father benefit from knowing that his sons would be there for him at his death? And how did the sons benefit from this act?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the feasibility of the "golfatorium" envisioned by Lynch. Would Americans accept such a concept? How would it fit into the general American attitude that cemeteries are a waste of land because they don't serve the living? How would it fit into the American concept of one-stop shopping for services? Would it be possible to maintain a sense of respect and dignity for the dead at a golf course?

Essay Topic 3

Lynch discussed how society has accepted certain deaths in the names of choice, justice, and God. How does this willingness to accept the end of life in some cases affect society as a whole? How does a society determine where to draw the line? How does this attitude affect attitudes toward life itself? Why do people who accept some death choices utterly reject others? Is Lynch right when he states that primitive humans had a more civilized attitude toward life and death?

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