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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How were early anatomists supposed to dispose of human remains?
(a) By burying them.
(b) By feeding it to dogs.
(c) By eating them.
(d) By selling them as meat.

2. Which event happened first, in Shanahan's explanation of TWA Flight 800?
(a) Fire swept through the cabin.
(b) Passengers were thrown from the plane.
(c) Gas was ignited by frayed wiring.
(d) Passengers were pulled from their seats.

3. How do resident surgeons treat cadavers, in Mary Roach's account?
(a) Respectfully.
(b) With morbid humor.
(c) Irreverently.
(d) Contemptuously.

4. Why does neurologist Dennis Tobin believe people fall down when shot?
(a) Because the force of even a small caliber shot is disorienting.
(b) Because well-placed shots can destroy nerve centers.
(c) Because the body's electrochemical balance is thrown off.
(d) Because the brain registers the wound and shuts down momentarily.

5. What distinguishes corpses in disasters caused by explosions?
(a) Postmortem decapitation.
(b) Burns.
(c) Distribution.
(d) Fragmentation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did injury analysis begin?

3. What does UM006 wear for the study?

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

5. What pushes the viscous liquid up the cadaver's windpipe, in the case of the 75-year-old man Mary Roach saw students preparing at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Shanahan's conclusions about the cause of the Flight 800 disaster?

2. When did dissections of cadavers begin?

3. What is the first experience of cadavers that Mary Roach describes?

4. Why are human cadavers preferable to animals?

5. How does Mary Roach say that the British circumvent consent laws for using cadavers for research or training?

6. How does Mary Roach say cadavers were treated in early dissections?

7. How does consent figure in the use of cadavers for medical training?

8. How does Mary Roach describe making cadavers bearable?

9. What did Thomas Holmes do?

10. How were morticians preparing bodies at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science?

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