Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Mary Roach
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9, Just a Head.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Mary Roach characterize the first stage of decay in a cadaver?
(a) Liquidation of internal organs.
(b) Skin sloughing off, with maggots beneath the surface.
(c) Persistence of putrescent odor.
(d) Bloat with large numbers of maggots.

2. Why does neurologist Dennis Tobin believe people fall down when shot?
(a) Because the body's electrochemical balance is thrown off.
(b) Because the brain registers the wound and shuts down momentarily.
(c) Because well-placed shots can destroy nerve centers.
(d) Because the force of even a small caliber shot is disorienting.

3. How long does the bloat stage of decomposition last?
(a) A month.
(b) A week.
(c) Three weeks.
(d) Two weeks.

4. What did Brown-Sequard's test of Legallois' notion appear to show?
(a) No movement in canine or human heads.
(b) Response in a human head.
(c) Voluntary movement in a dog's head.
(d) Speech in a child's head.

5. What do students at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science do to cadavers' mouths?
(a) Glue them shut.
(b) Suture them shut.
(c) Stuff them with wool.
(d) Stuff them with cotton.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Lowden not allowed to do?

2. How does Mary Roach characterize the second stage of decay in a cadaver?

3. What do researchers risk if they omit details of their research on cadavers?

4. What does the size of a temporary stretch cavity correlate to?

5. What, in Robert White's experience, slows cellular damage to the dead brain?

(see the answer key)

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