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Mary Roach
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does objectification provide surgeons with, in Mary Roach's account?
(a) Emotional distance.
(b) Control.
(c) Clear visualization.
(d) Freedom from liability.

2. What did dummies prove to investigators?
(a) That bodies will show irrefutable signs in case of explosions.
(b) That impact from long falls does not fragment a body.
(c) That long falls would be fatal before impact.
(d) That clothing is knocked off in long falls.

3. What position is UM006 placed in for the study?
(a) Driving.
(b) Lying down.
(c) Sprawling.
(d) Fetal.

4. For how long after death can internal organs be identified?
(a) A week.
(b) Three weeks.
(c) A month.
(d) Two weeks.

5. Why did La Garde have difficulty stopping the Moro tribesmen in battle, in Mary Roach's account?
(a) Because they were fighting for their culture's life, and refused to retreat.
(b) Because they did not know what guns were, and did not know they were shot.
(c) Because they were small targets, and the terrain was full of brush to deflect bullets.
(d) Because the Moro tribesmen had inured themselves to pain in their initiation rites.

6. How does Theresa, the attendant, say she copes with working with cadavers?
(a) She tells herself again and again that they wanted this.
(b) She tells herself that she's practicing so she can get it right when it matters.
(c) She thinks of them as being made of wax.
(d) She tells herself the story of the person's life.

7. Who permitted anatomists to cut open executed criminals, in Mary Roach's account?
(a) Alcibiades.
(b) Nero.
(c) Cleopatra.
(d) Ptolemy I.

8. When does 'human wreckage' become useful to an investigation?
(a) When ships sink and human remains float.
(b) When investigators are looking for evidence of explosives in buildings.
(c) When an airplane's black box is not conclusive or missing.
(d) When investigators are trying to distinguish between structural failure and bombs in airplanes.

9. What causes bloat in cadavers?
(a) Tissue decomposition.
(b) Release of stomach gases.
(c) Maggots.
(d) Bacteria digesting internal organs.

10. How does Mary Roach describe the way the surgeons see the exercise of working on cadavers?
(a) As a demotion from surgery.
(b) As a form of punishment.
(c) As a last chance to learn techniques.
(d) As a rare opportunity.

11. How does Shanahan cope with his work?
(a) By grieving with colleagues.
(b) By sticking to protocols.
(c) By focusing on parts.
(d) By working to get justice in bombing cases.

12. What were the results of Le Grande's tests?
(a) The 30-caliber rifle was deadlier than the 45.
(b) The 45-caliber rifle was more effective than the 30.
(c) The test was inconclusive.
(d) The 30-caliber rifle was more effective than the 45.

13. What does the size of a temporary stretch cavity correlate to?
(a) The bigger the cavity, the greater the stopping power.
(b) The bigger the cavity, the deadlier the bullet.
(c) The smaller the cavity, the greater the psychological impact of the shot.
(d) The smaller the cavity, the deeper the wound.

14. The University of Tennessee Medical Center is the home to the only facility that does what?
(a) Return stolen cadavers to their graves.
(b) Trade in cadaver tissues.
(c) Cadaver reanimation.
(d) Field research on human body decay.

15. How do researchers in Britain bypass familial consent?
(a) By neglecting to tell families at all.
(b) By treating cadavers as parts.
(c) By using homeless people.
(d) By importing bodies from Eastern Europe.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mary Roach characterize the third stage of decay in a cadaver?

2. What do students at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science stuff cadavers' eyes with?

3. Who is UM006?

4. How do resident surgeons treat cadavers, in Mary Roach's account?

5. Laws prevented people from stealing what from graves?

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