Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Legallois argue might bring a severed head back to consciousness?
(a) Oxygen infusion.
(b) Electricity.
(c) Blood circulation.
(d) Chemical bath.

2. How does Mary Roach describe plasticized organs?
(a) Strangely textured.
(b) Lightweight.
(c) Odorless.
(d) Colorful.

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

4. What ingredient is used in water reduction?
(a) Lye.
(b) Polymers.
(c) Oxygen.
(d) Acid.

5. What was the measure of death before brain death was understood?
(a) Absence of a heartbeat.
(b) A coma that lasted more than six months.
(c) Absence of breathing.
(d) Absence of brain activity.

6. What is a mellified man used for?
(a) Topical application for wounded limbs.
(b) Spiritual uses.
(c) Acne.
(d) Gastric disorders.

7. What did Dr. Duncan McDougal try to measure?
(a) The shape and color of the soul.
(b) The smell of the soul.
(c) The weight of the soul.
(d) The moment when the soul leaves the body.

8. What did Robert White have some success with?
(a) Transplanting human heads.
(b) Transplanting monkey heads.
(c) Transplanting dog hearts.
(d) Transplanting dog heads.

9. What does Hugh Patterson of UCSF say about having arranged to donate his body to science?
(a) He will get the most mileage out of his body.
(b) He will extend his contribution to humanity a little longer.
(c) He will live in more people's memories.
(d) He will keep teaching in death.

10. What experience supported the claim of the man who claimed to end the belief that severed heads remained conscious?
(a) Executing prisoners.
(b) Working in a geriatric ward.
(c) Overseeing executions during the Reign of Terror.
(d) Managing a surgery.

11. What fear did people have before modern science clarified brain death?
(a) Being buried alive.
(b) Having limbs and organs removed.
(c) Being used in ballistics tests.
(d) Being used for scientific experimentation.

12. Where did blood or body parts come from when they were sold for medicinal purposes?
(a) Children.
(b) Family members.
(c) Convicts.
(d) Animals.

13. What was the original advantage of cremation when it was first advocated?
(a) Cheaper.
(b) Less pollution.
(c) Sterile.
(d) More efficient.

14. What did Dr. Barbet believe caused the formations he was interested in?
(a) The shroud being used for another purpose after Christ's crucifixion.
(b) Christ repositioning himself on the cross.
(c) The process of taking Christ down from the cross.
(d) The wound in Christ's side.

15. What is the result of water reduction?
(a) Shorter periods of bloat in decomposition.
(b) Tissue that does not decompose quickly.
(c) Sterile liquid.
(d) Preserved tissue.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Barbet test his skepticism?

2. What did Frederick Zugibe test?

3. What almost prevented cremation from getting off the ground?

4. What is anastomosis?

5. What did people believe they might do with severed heads?

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