Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate of Change
1. Which of the following factors is NOT cited in the text as contributing to our attitudes about life and death?
A) life expectancy C) modern medicine
B) geographical mobility D) political decision making
2. Approximately how much has the average life expectancy in the United States increased since 1900?
A) 5 years B) 15 years C) 30 years D) 45 years
3. Epidemiologic transition is best defined as the
A) shift in disease patterns characterized by a redistribution of deaths from the young to the old.
B) contribution of Americans' highly mobile life styles to making death less immediate and intimate.
C) change in cultural attitudes toward death as a significant determinant of how we live our lives.
D) trend toward more rapid and sudden death.
4. Which of the following has been a factor in lessening familiarity with death in American culture?
A) news media C) hospice movement
B) extended families D) geographical mobility
5. Currently in the United States the percentage of deaths occurring within an institutional setting is approximately
A) 80 percent. B) 50 percent. C) 60 percent. D) 70 percent.
6. Which of the following is NOT a possible reason cited in the text for using euphemisms when talking about death?
A) to convey a spiritual understanding of death
B) to acknowledge the reality of loss sensitively
C) to distance oneself from the experience
D) to personalize the death experience
7. The term body count pertains to
A) the population of a mausoleum.
B) a military euphemism for the number of dead.
C) an average caloric intake.
D) the bodily functions of patients in coma.
8. In a typical week of program listings in "TV Guide", approximately what percentage of the listings describe programs in which death or dying is a featured theme?
A) 10 percent B) 30 percent C) 50 percent D) 70 percent
9. Cartoon character Bugs Bunny's being revived after a fatal incident is an example of
A) reversibility. B) sequencing. C) reincarnation. D) individuation.
10. The major contribution of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's book On Death and Dying was its focus on
A) the social practices and customs related to death.
B) the meaning of death.
C) common patterns associated with near-death experiences.
D) caring for dying patients.
11. Changing attitudes toward death are reflected in the trend toward
A) traditional and elaborate funeral rituals.
B) swift and inexpensive disposition of the body.
C) funerals drawn out over several days.
D) including young children in the funeral ritual.
T F 12. At the turn of the century, young children were often forbidden from attending burial rituals.
T F 13. The Names Quilt is an artistic response to AIDS.
T F 14. The initial reaction of people in the health care professions to books about death and dying was welcoming and enthusiastic.