Which of the Following are considered Dimensions of Thanatology?

Which of the following are considered dimensions of thanatology?
1. psychological
2. anthropological
3. political
4. rational
A. 1 and 2
B. 2 and 4
C. 1, 2 and 3
D. 2, 3 and 4

2. (p. 21) Suse Lowenstein’s work Dark Elegy functions as a reminder that
A. death is a dark figure.
B. life is fragile and the survivors have to live with the loss.
C. classical and Christian symbols of death can be combined.
D. death can be dark and lonely.

3. (p. 27) It is important for police officers to receive death education so they
A. can better appreciate the meaning of life.
B. can serve as funeral assistants.
C. will learn not to suppress their feelings.
D. will not experience a phobia related to death scenes.
4. (p. 35) 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

5. (p. 39) Which of the following BEST describes the phrase, “medical technology that seems to one person a godsend, extending life, may seem to another a curse”?
A. People do not know how to manipulate machinery.
B. People do not believe in the technology.
C. The effect of new technology is unknown.
D. The effect of new technology involves personal and social consequences.

6. (p. 33) In reviewing the status of research and practice in thanatology, Herman Feifel points out that the
A. fear of death is a monolithic variable.
B. human mind operates on various levels of reality, or finite provinces of meaning.
C. human mind operates in an interdependent, not autonomous, manner.
D. conscious fear of death is unrelated to innate fears.
7. (p. 19) Rembrandt van Rijn’s work, The Suicide of Lucretia, illustrates what theme?
A. natural death
B. sudden, unexpected death
C. fear of death
D. suicide
8. (p. 27) The major contribution of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book On Death and Dying was its focus on the
A. social practices and customs related to death.
B. meaning of death.
C. common patterns associated with near-death experiences.
D. caring for dying patients.
9. (p. 16) All of the following are musical expressions associated with death, EXCEPT:
A. lament.
B. kanikau.
C. dirge.
D. hautsang.
10. (p. 33) In reviewing death anxiety research, Robert Kastenbaum says that it
A. allows individuals to enjoy the illusion that death has been studied.
B. gives individuals an adequate picture of how death is perceived by human beings.
C. is especially valuable in answering gender-related questions.
D. is especially useful in answering questions of practitioners working with patients and bereaved people.

Chapter 2

11. (p. 60) The acquisition of a mature understanding of death is part of the developmental process known as
A. cognition.
B. maturation.
C. socialization.
D. ethnocentrism.

12. (p. 51) Which theorist is associated with the developmental model that emphasizes changes in attitudes toward death during different psychosocial stages?
A. Mark Speece
B. Erik Erikson
C. Jean Piaget
D. Sigmund Freud
13. (p. 74) When writer and musician Ice T refers to the “killing fields” in American society, he is calling attention to the
A. tobacco industry’s attempt to attract young people to cigarettes.
B. impact of drunk driving on motor vehicle deaths.
C. mounting death toll from environmental pollution.
D. prevalence of drug-related violence and gang warfare.
14. (p. 52) Erik Erikson’s model of psychosocial development provides insight into how
A. children’s views of death are innate.
B. children’s views of death are solidified at an early age.
C. children attend to different issues at different stages.
D. relationships have little effect on a child’s views of death.

15. (p. 55) In the study done by Helen Swain, what percentage of children said that death is unlikely or avoidable?
A. 25 percent
B. 33 percent
C. 50 percent
D. 66 percent

16. (p. 48) In discussing how people understand death, the term “noncorporeal continuity” refers to the idea that
A. death occurs suddenly, without warning.
B. death occurs following chronic illness.
C. human beings survive in some form after the death of the physical body.
D. human beings are “at peace” after the death of their physical body.

17. (p. 69) According to the text, what percentage of Americans are affiliated with a religious tradition?
A. 60 percent
B. 70 percent
C. 80 percent
D. 90 percent
18. (p. 68) The concept of religiosity contains all of the following dimensions EXCEPT the person’s
A. religious commitment.
B. knowledge about the religion’s traditions.
C. religious affiliation.
D. emotional ties to a religion.
19. (p. 57) Characteristic of the concrete operational stage is the use of
A. motor abilities.
B. logical thinking.
C. emotional control.
D. regressive tendencies.

20. (p. 67) The text cites the lullaby “Rockabye Baby” to illustrate the point that
A. some lullabies are improper bedtime stories.
B. a surprising number of lullabies contain messages about death.
C. each ending in life is followed by renewal.
D. the bedtime story, “Little Red Riding Hood,” contains death imagery.
Chapter 3

21. (p. 100) What changes occurred in the Dance of Death as a result of the plague?
A. Death became feared, something to be avoided at all costs.
B. Death became a radical, violent break with the living.
C. Death became commonplace, an accepted part of life.
D. Death became associated with Satan, something evil.

22. (p. 101) All of the following are characteristic of “invisible death” EXCEPT:
A. The individuals does all they can to delay death.
B. Death is the final challenge in life.
C. Professionals care for the dying.
D. There are no witnesses to a loved one’s dying.

23. (p. 90) Traditional societies tend to view disease and death
A. as a private event in which the individual is able to come to terms with his death in his own manner.
B. very differently from what can be found in the context of preliterate society’s modern medicine.
C. as something that occurs individually which should not be interfered with by anyone other than one’s family.
D. as a public event that can ultimately involve the entire community.

24. (p. 111) El Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, blends Catholic, Spanish, and Indian rituals. This celebration exemplifies an attitude toward death that
A. views death in an open and often ironic manner.
B. perceives death as an incomprehensible phenomenon.
C. perceives death as the final chapter of a person’s existence.
D. views death as the ultimate test.

25. (p. 95) In the Middle Ages, a person’s impending death usually represented a time to
1. receive absolution.
2. gather friends and family.
3. call the mortician.
4. pardon wrongdoing.
A. 1 and 3
B. 1, 2 and 4
C. 1, 3 and 4
D. 1 and 4
26. (p. 125) Which of the following are common in the practice of the traditional form of recuerdo?
1. tells the story of a person’s life in a heroic manner
2. is presented as a written ballad
3. funeral is referred to as a “home-going” ceremony honoring the spirit of the deceased
4. gathering at the gravesite to bid god speed to the deceased
A. 1 and 2
B. 3 and 4
C. 1 and 3
D. 2 and 4



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