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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. When was the Oak Grove Bridge declared unsafe for vehicular traffic?
2. What was the cause of death in the case of the young man Lynch tended to in "All Hallows' Eve"?
3. At what age did Lynch's mother die?
4. What California town did Lynch imagine dying in in his analogy?
5. Where did Lynch meet Sweeney?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Lynch see as the advantage of being at the midpoint of one's life?
2. Describe Lynch's grandmothers.
3. How does Lynch view the current state of debate over abortion?
4. What statement does a casket, versus a simple coffin, make?
5. What did Lynch mean when he said that "in even the best of caskets, it never all fits"?
6. How does Lynch view a world in which certain deaths are acceptable (abortion, war, capital punishment)?
7. Why did Lynch suggest February as a good month for his death and burial?
8. Why did Janet Adkins ask Jack Kevorkian to assist in her suicide?
9. What characteristic of "successful" suicides did Lynch say he admired?
10. What did Lynch want from his funeral, when all was said and done?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss Lynch's friend, Matthew Sweeney. What does his hypochondria say about his attitude toward life? Is he wasting or damaging his life in useless worrying? Or does his worrying simply indicate a deeper understanding of life and acceptance of the fact that death is inevitable? Does his hypochondria place limits on how he lives his life or does it free him to embrace with gusto the good aspects of life (such as fine food)?
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