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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 does Mary Roach characterize the brain?
(a) As the last thing to die.
(b) As the location of the soul.
(c) As the heart of the soul.
(d) As the seat of consciousness.

2. When did Father Armaillhac subject the Shroud of Turin to scientific study?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1914.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1896.

3. 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 get the most mileage out of his body.
(c) He will live in more people's memories.
(d) He will extend his contribution to humanity a little longer.

4. Why does Mary Roach decide not decide to give her body to The University of New Mexico?
(a) They do not plasticize tissues for study.
(b) They do not articulate bodies into skeletons.
(c) They do not use bodies in ballistics tests.
(d) They do not study land mine mitigation with cadavers there.

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

6. What does Mary Roach go to Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to explore?
(a) How animal bodies' death was defined.
(b) How animal bodies were disposed of.
(c) How animal bodies were used as food for other animals.
(d) How animal bodies were used for tests.

7. What are brains in brain banks kept in?
(a) Freezer bags.
(b) Plastic.
(c) Acetone.
(d) Formaldehyde.

8. What did Frederick Zugibe test?
(a) The chemistry of the Shroud of Turin.
(b) The ability of crucified people to move.
(c) The ability of the wrist or hand to support a person's weight.
(d) The stains a crucified person will make on a shroud.

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

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

11. When does Mary Roach say patients were better off ignoring doctors' advice?
(a) When advised to be bled.
(b) When advised to eat excrement.
(c) When advised to use ancestors for medicines.
(d) When advised to eat their own flesh.

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

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

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

15. What does Mary Roach say funeral reform was driven by?
(a) Utilitarianism.
(b) Religion.
(c) Big business.
(d) Government regulation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were skeletons no longer procured from there?

2. What was Barbet skeptical about?

3. What did Robert White have some success with?

4. What replaces water in tissue in plastination?

5. What does the intensive care unit (ICU) staff do for H?

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