1. In the United States, funerals are mainly focused on
a. a public statement that a family member has died.
b. the welfare of the survivors.
c. a committal that ensures proper disposition of the corpse.
d. the closure of the deceased's life on earth.
2. Death notification usually occurs
a. only by means of death notices and obituaries.
b. in a consistent pattern from the immediate family to the wider community.
c. in a selective manner that is sensitive to the wishes of the deceased.
d. randomly depending on the circumstances of the cause of death.
3. When offering emotional support to a bereaved individual, the most important objective is to
a. maintain a normal routine to offset the crisis.
b. help the bereaved adjust to a new life.
c. demonstrate care and concern.
d. ensure that financial needs are met.
4. Which of the following was NOT a normal function of the undertaker in the late nineteenth century?
a. laying out the body for the wake.
b. providing “aftercare” counseling for the bereaved.
c. transporting the body to the church for the funeral.
d. transporting the body to the cemetery for burial.
5. Funeral aftercare programs may include all of the following EXCEPT
a. offering counseling or support groups to bereaved individuals and families.
b. collaborating with local hospices to support the bereaved.
c. implementing the requirements of the FTC Funeral Rule to serve the bereaved.
d. hiring a certified grief counselor or psychotherapist as part of staff.
6. In her book, The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford characterized modern funeral practices as
a. practical and useful.
b. the vestige of a superstitious fear of the dead.
c. the materialistic elaboration of early customs rather than an adaptation to modern needs.
d. bizarre and morbid.
7. Excluding cemetery costs, the average cost of a funeral in the United States is approximately
8. In the United States, the most popular type of casket is made of
a. cloth-covered plywood.
c. gasketed steel.
d. cherry wood.
9. Arranging for the final disposition of the deceased's body is generally the responsibility of the
b. funeral director.
c. medical examiner.
d. next of kin.
TRUE / FALSE
____ 10. In ancient Egyptian culture, mummification was practiced to preserve the Ka, or spiritual double.
____ 11. The FTC Funeral Rule requires mortuaries to provide itemized price information on a general price list.
____ 12. Embalming is a mandatory requirement for body disposition in the United States.
____ 13. To meet legal requirements, a body that is to be cremated must be placed in a casket.
____ 14. Burial vaults or grave liners are legally required in all American cemeteries.
____ 15. Cremated remains look and feel like wood or paper ashes.