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

In the first chapter, Lynch repeatedly states that "the dead don't care" and that only the living care what happens to the body. Why are the dead valuable to the living? Why do the living feel the need to have ceremonies and other ways to recognize someone who no longer cares? In what ways are funeral services really for the living? Would it really matter what we do with the dead?

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

Discuss the significance of the rebuilding of the Oak Grove bridge. Why was Mary Jackson so determined to have her funeral procession take the traditional route across the bridge to the cemetery? What sentiments did Lynch express in his poem for the dedication? How is a town affected by its proximity to the dead and its willingness to acknowledge, rather than hide, the dead? How were the older funeral processions (past houses rather than businesses) superior to the ones after the bridge collapsed? Why is it important that the dead be remembered?

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