The History of the North American Funeral Home
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1). There is a strong geographical parallel between the history of funeral homes and their suppliers.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


2). Thomas Holmes was the embalmer of William Henry Harrison.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


3).  In the large industrial cities most funeral directors sold carpet.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


4). Prior to World War I most of the embalming was done in the home of the deceased.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


5). One reason for change in funeral customs would be the general public’s attitude toward religion and philosophy of life.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


6). The funeral of Abraham Lincoln helped promote the desire for embalming in the general public.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


7). In the early part of the 20th century, a complete embalming kit cost well over $ 500.oo 

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


8). When an addition was added to an existing funeral home it was generally chapel space.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


9). Funeral transportation and rolling stock are the same thing. 

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


10). Buildings that were built just to be funeral homes generally included a large cemetery for burials.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


11). By the 21st century, nearly all funeral homes had a crematory. 

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


12). The internet has not yet become a practical tool for the 21st century funeral home.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


13). Funeral transportation and rolling stock are the same thing. 

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


14).  21st century funeral homes have become religiously generic.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


15).  OSHA imposed regulations on the funeral industry in the early 1980s .

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


16).  The earliest funeral homes were…..

a). on horse farms  b). utilitarian  c). painted green  d). none of these


17).  The cremation rate increased how many times between 1970 and 2000.

a). five         b). twenty     c). ten       d). two


18).  Some funeral homes created “funeral planning centers”

a). in the 1940s  b). in the 1950s  c). in the 1960s   d). none of these


19).  OSHA regulations affected this area of the funeral home more than any other.  

a). embalming room   b). office     c).  chapel       d). garage


20). Right after WW II not many homes had this. 

a). back porch     b). garage     c).  air conditioning    d). none of these


Draw lines to match the best answers


21).  Miller                                                                  hearse manufacturing



22).  Ohio                                                                    Air conditioning



23).  Livery stables                                                     arterial embalming



24). Marketable service                                              Meteor



25). Off Street Parking                                                Large cities


26).  Several States did not consider professional licensure for embalmers and funeral directors until the late 1930s

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


27).  The newer millennial funeral homes still place a strong emphasis on selling funeral merchandise.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


28).  Prior to the 1980s pre-arranging and prefunding a funeral might have been primarily accomplished by an attorney.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


29).  Early funeral home directors dedicated large portions of their homes to displaying caskets for sale.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


30).  Because of available technology the printing of memorial folders became an in house service of the new millennium funeral homes.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


31).  Very few funeral homes have a personalized website.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


32).  Post modern people often question authority and accepted traditions.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE


33).  Early embalming instructors were generally trying to sell their own product.

a). TRUE         b). FALSE





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