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Chapter 15

1.  Death education relates to
     a.     political and cultural issues.
     b.     human experience as a whole.
     c.     personal and social issues.
     d.     social and cultural issues.

2.  Coming to terms with one's own mortality and finiteness is best described as involving a
     a.     therapeutic process.
     b.     experiential process.
     c.     grieving process.
     d.     temporal process.

3.  Which of the following is NOT an advantage gained by studying death and dying?
     a.     It sheds light on past experiences with loss.
     b.     It helps individuals dissipate feelings of guilt or blame.
     c.     It helps individuals avoid the severe pain of grief.
     d.     It opens up unexpressed and unresolved grief.

4.   Research about death anxiety indicates that it is
     a.     higher among whites than blacks.
     b.     higher among the elderly than adolescents.
     c.     higher among females than males.
     d.     higher among middle-aged adults than adolescents.

5.  For the ancient Greeks, a “good death” was one that occurred
     a.   during childhood.
     b.   at an exceptionally old age.
     c.   during a time of reflection.
     d.   at the peak of creativity.

6.  Which of the following statements is NOT associated with the concept of an “appropriate death”?
     a.   The social and emotional needs of the dying person are met as much as possible.
     b.   The dying person is free to operate effectively as an individual.
     c.   The dying person maintains full control over his or her life until the end of life.
     d.   The dying person is protected from needless and dehumanizing medical procedures.


____7.   In our relationship with death, we are either experiencers or survivors.

____8.   Because death-related attitudes and customs vary so greatly, thanatologists believe it is not possible to develop broad “master concepts” in this field of study.

____9.   In the United States, during the next two decades, the population of persons ages 65 and older is expected to decrease substantially.

____10. Discount casket shops that operate independently of conventional funeral homes are representative of a trend toward greater choices about funeral practices.