Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mary Roach
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of resistance did DeMaio meet over using cadavers, according to Mary Roach?

2. How does Shanahan cope with his work?

3. What does Mary Roach wonder about the cadavers?

4. How often do families renege on their consent, according to Mike Walsh?

5. What was Marlene DeMaio using cadavers to test?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Duncan McPherson say people fall down when shot?

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

3. Who was UM006, and what was he being used for?

4. What was the result of the test Le Garde performed?

5. What does Mary Roach say was the practice with dead soldiers in the Civil War?

6. How does Mary Roach describe making cadavers bearable?

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

8. When did dissections of cadavers begin?

9. How does Mary Roach describe the smell of dead bodies?

10. Where did surgeons used to learn their techniques before they used cadavers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How has the ability to decide the moment of death affected modern society? Cite a case from the news or from personal experience, in which there was contention over when a person could be considered dead.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the questions raised in 'Stiff' are the result of industrial modernism--what other social changes are they related to? How do you see the questions presented in 'Stiff' arise in other fields, such as health care or insurance or education, or politics, for instance?

Essay Topic 3

If you could eliminate one question or technique that has arisen out of modern science and technology regarding the treatment of cadavers, what would it be, and why?

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