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Essay Topics• Essay length is 1000 to 1500 words, double spaced• Your essay will be marked with comments so long as you get it in on time (or you have an extension approved). To read comments on your paper, go to dropbox and click on the “View” link under the “Feedback” header. On the next screen there will be an icon under the “GradeMark” header. Click on this icon to access your comments.• Essays that come in late without an extension will be marked but without comments. They will receive a penalty of 1% of the total mark for that paper per day.• You are responsible to keep a copy of your paper in the event your paper is lost.Answer only ONE of the following:1) Lesson four shows how awareness of death can result in variety of responses. This recent article in Scientific American found here https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coping-with-death-awareness-in-the-covid-19-era/ gives some examples of these various responses. The author states “when death salience is high, as it is now with COVID-19, we can go either way: we might become motivated to make a positive difference, but we can also become more susceptible to the trap of racism and other forms of out-group bias. Use ideas presented in Lesson four to reflect on positive and/or negative reactions to death awareness that you have witnessed in others (which can include public figures) and/or yourself during this pandemic.2) The pandemic we’re going through has resulted in a massive loss of normalcy. Using ideas Bonanno ideas from his book or videos, reflect on any grief you are experiencing during COVID-19 due to this loss of life as it used to be before the pandemic.3) Use Terror Management Theory and Mortality Salience Hypothesis to reflect on ONE of the followina) any aspect of Trump’s presidency and/or his followersb) anti-black racismc) Islamophobiad) anti-asian racismd) white supremacy4) What in your view is the main theme of the film Flight from Death and does this theme resonate with your experience? Why or why not?5) Discuss one of the quotes from “Griefwalker” listed in lesson 5. Offer your thoughts about it. Do you agree with what Steve is expressing? Why or why not?6) What might Becker and/or his follower Solomon say about the world view of Stephen Jenkinson, the Griefwalker7) In Lessons 7 and 8 we learned about the work of some researchers who are investigating the possibility that our consciousness continues after our physical brain is no longer functioning. If somehow it was proven that indeed consciousness continues after our physical brain is no longer functioning, what if any difference would this make for your life right now? (hint: do not reiterate the NDE research in your paper. Just go directly to addressing the essay topic).8) Read the short book by Richard Beck called The Slavery of Death. This book is on reserve at the library. Beck is a Christian Experimental Psychologist who argues that the Christian message is about how we can be free from our slavery to the fear of death. Summarize Beck’s argument, highlighting how he uses Becker’s ideas in his interpretation of Christianity, and offer your thoughts about his views.9) After reading this brief article by Graeme Bayliss, the managing editor of the Walrus magazine, and after reading Dembo’s article from Lesson 10, do you think the new legislation on assisted suicide in Canada should allow patients with unbearable suffering due to a mental illness to have access to assisted suicide? Why or why not? You can read Bayliss’ article here:https://thewalrus.ca/suicide-is-not-painless/You can also hear an interview with Bayliss on the CBC show The Current here:http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-25-2016-1.3551316/an-open-uncomfortable-conversation-on-mental-health-suicide-and-doctor-assisted-death-1.35513469) WITH MY PERMISSION, write and respond to your own essay topic related to course material.