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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. Who does Mary Roach say was often in attendance at surgeries?
(a) Artists.
(b) Policemen.
(c) Audiences.
(d) Scientists.

2. What did the army hope for the 30-caliber rifle?
(a) That it would kill from a greater distance than the 45-caliber.
(b) That with new bullets, it would be more destructive than the 45-caliber.
(c) That it would have the same stopping power as the 45-caliber.
(d) That it would be deadlier than the 45-caliber.

3. Who do researchers help with their work at the University of Tennessee?
(a) Raw science.
(b) Families.
(c) Cancer research.
(d) Criminal investigations.

4. How does Mary Roach describe the air with which dissections were performed in the 18th century?
(a) Tragedy.
(b) Street theatre.
(c) Stand-up comedy.
(d) Opera.

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

6. What was conspicuously absent from the event Mary Roach attended at UCSF?
(a) Sorrow.
(b) Families.
(c) Teachers.
(d) Cadavers.

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

8. What did participants take turns doing at the event Mary Roach attended at UCSF?
(a) Practicing and being critiqued.
(b) Singing and reading.
(c) Teaching sections.
(d) Presenting papers.

9. What did Thomas Holmes perfect?
(a) Embalming.
(b) Revitalization.
(c) Mortuary science.
(d) Resurrection.

10. What evidence does Shanahan use to come to this conclusion?
(a) Fragmented bodies.
(b) Bodies without clothes.
(c) Burns.
(d) Torn aortas.

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

12. Why does Duncan McPherson of the LA Police Department believe people fall down when shot?
(a) Because they know they have been shot.
(b) Because the bullet affects the brain's balancing ability.
(c) Because the bullet knocks them over.
(d) Because the pain is debilitating.

13. What does Rick Lowden study?
(a) The corrosion of bullets in human flesh.
(b) The legality of cadaver and animal tests.
(c) The ethics of using cadavers in tests.
(d) The effects of the temporary stretch cavity.

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

15. How were surgeons promoted before the 1800s?
(a) By nepotism.
(b) By seniority.
(c) By lottery.
(d) By merit.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did dummies prove to investigators?

2. What kind of impact does UM006 suffer?

3. What other advantage does Marliena Marignani say comes from working on cadavers?

4. When does 'human wreckage' become useful to an investigation?

5. When did injury analysis begin?

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