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 has resulted from car safety studies with cadavers, according to Mary Roach?

2. How does Mary Roach characterize the second stage of decay in a cadaver?

3. Why is the British practice for avoiding consent impractical, according to Mary Roach?

4. What were the results of Le Grande's tests?

5. What did dummies prove to investigators?

Short Essay Questions

1. What part of the embalming procedure did Mary Roach witness?

2. How much does UM006's family know what the cadaver is being used for?

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

4. Where did cadavers come from, in 18th century British surgeries?

5. What did Thomas Holmes do?

6. What was Sir Astley Cooper's stance on using cadavers in training?

7. What cases does Mary Roach describe in which people murdered others in order to sell their bodies to surgeons?

8. When did injury analysis begin?

9. What does Rick Lowden study?

10. Why was TWA Flight 800 so emotional for Shanahan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Which use of cadavers is most valuable, in your perspective? Make an argument for one of the uses Mary Roach describes in 'Stiff'.

Essay Topic 3

Americans are known for their technological optimism, that death can be defeated or overcome. What insight does Mary Roach's book give us into refusal to accept death?

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