First Semiannual Quiz for Offbeat Compassion’s Loyal Readers

To all my regular followers and other fans: Test your offbeat compassionate nature and take this quiz. The answers will appear in about a week from the date of this post for the multiple choice part. If you wish to answer the essay question, email it to me at I will select some or possibly all to share in a future post for those writers who grant me permission. Note that this is an open-book quiz! (You can use the “search” tab on the upper right.) Update, Feb. 3rd: See the answers below the essay question.

1. “Threshold Choir” is

a. An expression for the belief that a group of angels will ease one’s transition to the afterlife with celestial song.

b. the highest and lowest pitches a choir can comfortably reach.

c. A choir that sings to the dying.

2. The “Prime Directive” of spiritual care is,

a. Finding a way to communicate with others, even by novel means.

b. Treating all as equals, regardless of race, nationality, etc.

c. Encouraging patients to watch Star Trek as a quality of life enhancer.

3. A patient is “unresponsive” when

a. The patient doesn’t say anything because s/he is indifferent to what you are saying or doing.

b. S/he does not communicate in any way, not even by opening an eye or turning away.

c. Chaplains ask too many questions.

4.”Stella in Heaven” is a book that

a. is a humorous yet sensitive fantasy about a spouse in heaven who helps the widower meet new women.

b. in a serious tone helps grievers by means of a fantasy scenario.

c. via imaginative vignettes describes Art Buchwald’s firm belief in the afterlife.

5. [Here’s a tough one: choose the most likely answer.] Even a centenarian can feel

a. that she must be polite to her elders.

b. that Tweeting to me can make his day.

c. that her life has sped by in the blink of an eye.

Essay question: (No more than a few paragraphs; less is okay.) A will is about bequeathing money and material possessions. An “ethical will” is about bequeathing spiritual matters such as advice for living well, stating the values you hope your descendants will carry on, and memories you hope they will retain of you. What are some things you might mention in an ethical will to your loved ones? Some of the best answers will appear next week or soon thereafter (anonymously if requested). Email your essay answers by Feb. 5, 2014.

Answers to multiple choice: 1.C   2. A   3. B   4.A   5.C


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