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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. Where does Mary Roach say medical school skeletons used to come from?
(a) Calcutta.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Indiana.
(d) China.

2. Where does the recipe for a mellified man come from?
(a) The Old Testament.
(b) The Bible.
(c) The Book of the Dead.
(d) The Chinese Materia Medica.

3. When did McDougal perform his experiments?
(a) 1826.
(b) 1980.
(c) 1907.
(d) 1850.

4. What was Destot's space?
(a) The place in the wrist where a nail could support a person's weight.
(b) The area around the facial features in the Shroud of Turin.
(c) The space between a person and their clothes, which allows them to lose their clothing in an airline disaster.
(d) The space from which a person's last gasp comes when crucified.

5. What state is H in when she arrives at UCSF medical center?
(a) Living.
(b) Brain dead.
(c) Dead for hours.
(d) Dead for days.

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

7. 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) The process of taking Christ down from the cross.
(c) The wound in Christ's side.
(d) Christ repositioning himself on the cross.

8. What did Dr. Pierre Barbet focus on in the Shroud?
(a) A hole.
(b) Symbols in the stains.
(c) A split flow of blood.
(d) A figure in the cloth.

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

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

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

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

13. How does Mary Roach describe the possibility of testing for consciousness in severed heads?
(a) Ghastly.
(b) Perverse.
(c) Fascinating.
(d) Promising.

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

15. What was Mary Roach dismayed to find out about brains in the brain bank?
(a) They are not kept in jars in formaldehyde.
(b) They are fed to animals when they are ultimately disposed of.
(c) They are typically studied by undergraduates.
(d) They become indistinguishable from one another.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which mummies were supposed to be best?

2. What does Mary Roach say she would hope to become, if she donated her body to science?

3. What is the advantage of water reduction?

4. Who is Kevin McCabe?

5. What kind of properties does Mary Roach say menstrual blood was thought to have?

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