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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 TV show did Mary Jackson appear in?
2. How long was the old-fashioned mourning period?
3. What did Uncle Eddie need help coming up with as he was starting his suicide cleanup business?
4. Approximately how many Japanese die of fugu poisoning every year?
5. What kind of food was served at The Red Fort?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Lynch see as the advantage of being at the midpoint of one's life?
2. Why did authors such as Jessica Mitford attack the funeral industry?
3. Why have more and more Americans opted for cremation, according to Lynch?
4. What characteristic of "successful" suicides did Lynch say he admired?
5. How did Lynch feel about the prospect of his loved ones feeling guilt at his funeral?
6. How do Lynch and his wife differ in their views of Milford as they walk through town in Chapter 7?
7. How does Lynch view a world in which certain deaths are acceptable (abortion, war, capital punishment)?
8. How does Lynch describe people's different approaches to living life at the end of Chapter 8 and which approach did Sweeney take?
9. How did the funeral processions through town change when the Oak Grove bridge collapsed?
10. How did Lynch react to the body of the young man who shot himself in Chapter 9?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
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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