Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Discuss the significance of Stephanie's tragic death. Recall that the name on the stone that killed her was the same as the one on the stone next to which she was buried. Was that significant? Was it merely chance or did it provide some insight into the role of faith and coincidence? Discuss the individual choices mentioned by Lynch (the hand of God, the devil did it, etc.). Are any of them satisfactory? Could all of them be right?
In discussing the divorce of his friend, Henry Nugent, Lynch said divorced men in our society are seen as damaged goods. What did he mean by that? In what ways was the divorce easier on Nugent's ex-wife? How does divorce affect the father's relationship with the children? How did Lynch's divorce differ from many other American divorces?
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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