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

Thomas Lynch
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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. What food was Robertson's poem about?

2. What poet made the statement about men dying for what they miss in poetry?

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

4. How old were the twins who drowned in the river?

5. How long had Lynch's parents been married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 handle being a father while serving as an undertaker and seeing dead children?

5. When and why did the regular practice of embalming begin?

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

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

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

9. What did Lynch consider the mark of a good faith leader?

10. Why was Lynch's father fond of quoting Gladstone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Uncle Eddie's suicide cleanup business (note: there are actual businesses that focus on cleaning up scenes of violent deaths, including suicides and murders). How did Eddie's business provide society with a valuable service? How did the cleanup after these deaths usually get done before such services? How is it an act of kindness for an outsider to clean up the scene so that loved ones do not have to see it? How does this relate to the general services provided by funeral parlors and undertakers?

Essay Topic 3

Lynch suggested that a priest interested in a simple funeral might have more of an effect on his parishioners if he lived a life of simplicity rather than wait until he was dead (and beyond caring). Why did Lynch say that a being a dead saint was not worthwhile? Would a simple funeral satisfy the needs of the living and would it convince people of the saintliness of the dead person? Or is it better to live a life of simplicity and then allow the living to do whatever they feel the need to do once you've died? Why did the priest seem shocked by Lynch's advice?

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