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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. Why are surgeons nervous, according to Mary Roach?
(a) They only have a limited number of attempts to work with cadavers.
(b) They are usually timed.
(c) Because they are working with human remains.
(d) They are superstitious.

2. What do the students call the viscous liquid that comes from the cadaver's mouth?
(a) Liquid.
(b) Vomit.
(c) Purge.
(d) Overflow.

3. What does Marliena Marignani say is the advantage of working on cadavers?
(a) They do not bleed.
(b) They cannot sue for malpractice.
(c) They let you try the procedure over and over again.
(d) She does not have to interact with them.

4. Where did 18th-century British schools get their cadavers?
(a) Disinterred dead people.
(b) Suicides.
(c) Dead soldiers.
(d) Executed criminals.

5. Which event happened first, in Shanahan's explanation of TWA Flight 800?
(a) Fire swept through the cabin.
(b) Passengers were thrown from the plane.
(c) Gas was ignited by frayed wiring.
(d) Passengers were pulled from their seats.

6. Whom does Mary Roach say British surgeons began to dissect, when cadaver supply ran low?
(a) Street people.
(b) Their students.
(c) Animals.
(d) Their dead relatives.

7. What are researchers trying to determine by studying impacts?
(a) How to design helmets.
(b) How much force a soldier can withstand.
(c) How to prevent side-impact injuries.
(d) How rescue techniques can save lives.

8. What has resulted from car safety studies with cadavers, according to Mary Roach?
(a) Roll bars.
(b) Safer doors.
(c) Safer tires.
(d) Safer windshields.

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

10. What does Mary Roach say patients at teaching hospitals would get, before 1800?
(a) Unnecessary procedures.
(b) To watch surgeries.
(c) Large charges for small procedures.
(d) Money for undergoing surgery.

11. Why is the British practice for avoiding consent impractical, according to Mary Roach?
(a) Because it raises the cost through litigation from families.
(b) Because some research requires whole bodies.
(c) Because it speaks on the cadaver's behalf.
(d) Because it relies on legal sophistries.

12. Who is UM006?
(a) A building where scientists study impacts on human bodies.
(b) A scientist studying human impacts.
(c) A cadaver in an impact study.
(d) A patient in an impact study.

13. What do researchers risk if they omit details of their research on cadavers?
(a) Violating ethics laws.
(b) Losing cadavers to work with in the future.
(c) Offending families later.
(d) Perjuring themselves.

14. What did Mary Roach attend at UCSF?
(a) A memorial service for unnamed cadavers.
(b) A face-lift refresher.
(c) Training for people who talk with patients about giving their bodies to science.
(d) Anatomy training.

15. What other advantage does Marliena Marignani say comes from working on cadavers?
(a) They afford greater visibility.
(b) There is no risk of injuring the patient's health.
(c) She can concentrate on the surgery without all the machines, anesthesiologists and nurses around.
(d) The flesh is firmer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What difficulty occurs when patients insist on experienced doctors?

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

3. What was Mary Roach surprised to learn about surgery?

4. What was Lowden not allowed to do?

5. Who is Mike Walsh?

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