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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. How will a person's wounds tell a different story, according to Mary Roach's reading on pathology?
(a) Depending on where they sat in a plane.
(b) Depending on how long it took for a ship to sink.
(c) Depending on whether the person was one of the first to be impacted in a crash.
(d) Depending on whether a plane was bombed or simply crashed.

2. What does surgeon Marliena Marignani find difficult to work with?
(a) Hands.
(b) Faces.
(c) Feet.
(d) Torsos.

3. What was Mary Roach touched by at the event at UCSF?
(a) A tribute to a cadaver.
(b) A cadaver's apparent patience.
(c) A demonstration on a cadaver.
(d) A cadaver's family's satisfaction.

4. What does Shanahan use as a gauge of a disaster?
(a) Age of corpses.
(b) Intactness of corpses.
(c) Time of death.
(d) Distribution of corpses.

5. Why does technology emulate the smell of dead bodies?
(a) To train dogs to find bodies.
(b) To study the receptors in flies and other insects.
(c) For theme parks and haunted houses.
(d) To attract flies to be studied.

6. Who did the 'father of anatomy' dissect?
(a) Disinterred dead people.
(b) Live criminals.
(c) Unwilling victims.
(d) Executed criminals.

7. What is objectification, according to Mary Roach?
(a) A technique for keeping control during surgery.
(b) A means of seeing humanity even in the cadaver.
(c) A way to keep from cracking up during a procedure.
(d) A coping mechanism.

8. 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.

9. What do researchers monitor at the University of Tennessee?
(a) Stages of chemical composition.
(b) Family origins of cadavers.
(c) The moment of death of tissues.
(d) Origins and movements of tissues.

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

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

12. In what field are animals used almost exclusively?
(a) Geriatric studies.
(b) Pediatric studies.
(c) High-speed impact studies.
(d) Decomposition studies.

13. What was Mary Roach surprised to learn about surgery?
(a) Most surgeries are done by interns.
(b) Most cases of malpractice come from surgery.
(c) Most surgeons learn new things even in live surgeries.
(d) Sometimes practice cadavers are reclaimed by their families after training surgery.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When, in the course of the disaster of TWA Flight 800, did the passengers likely die, according to Shanahan?

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

3. What evidence does Shanahan use to come to this conclusion?

4. Where did 18th-century British schools get their cadavers?

5. How were early anatomists supposed to dispose of human remains?

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