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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 is the purpose of acetone in the University of Michigan Medical School process that Mary Roach observes?
(a) To fill tissues with polymer.
(b) To convert water in tissues to gas.
(c) To drive water out of tissue.
(d) To fill tissues with oxygen.

2. What did Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin say about the guillotine?
(a) It was a model of modern efficiency.
(b) It was inhumane.
(c) It was the most modern way to execute someone.
(d) It was the least painful form of execution.

3. What does the intensive care unit (ICU) staff do for H?
(a) Begin to remove her organs.
(b) Keep her body alive.
(c) Give the body nutrition to feed its tissues.
(d) Bring her back to life.

4. How did Barbet test his theory?
(a) By crucifying a cadaver.
(b) By strapping volunteers to crosses.
(c) By laying Shrouds over a number of cadavers.
(d) By hanging weights on cadavers on crosses.

5. What is a mellified man?
(a) A mummified body.
(b) A cadaver soaked in honey.
(c) A yogi who accepted death before dying.
(d) A cadaver who died suddenly.

6. What is anastomosis?
(a) The technique for infusing the brain with oxygen.
(b) The technique for drawing thoughts out of nerve synapses.
(c) The technique for infusing severed heads with blood.
(d) The technique for joining vessels without leaks.

7. What did attempts to determine death typically entail, before modern science?
(a) Detecting breathing.
(b) Inflicting pain.
(c) Measuring brain activity.
(d) Detecting a heartbeat.

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

9. What did Mary Roach struggle with when she saw H?
(a) The fact that she had been murdered.
(b) The notion that she was dead.
(c) The fact that she was being used for parts.
(d) Sadness over H's death.

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

11. What almost prevented cremation from getting off the ground?
(a) The personalities of the people who ran it.
(b) Ties to Catholicism.
(c) Laws governing disposal of human remains.
(d) The sense of secularism.

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

13. What had American Philip Backman developed a technique for?
(a) Liquefying human remains.
(b) Plasticizing human remains.
(c) Freeze-drying human remains.
(d) Cryogenically freezing human remains.

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

15. When was the first crematory built?
(a) 1874.
(b) 1914.
(c) 1827.
(d) 1942.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Mary Roach say patients were better off ignoring doctors' advice?

2. When did McDougal perform his experiments?

3. What sign ultimately showed doctors and families that a person was dead?

4. Who is Kevin McCabe?

5. What, in Robert White's experience, slows cellular damage to the dead brain?

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