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. How does Shanahan cope with his work?

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

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

4. Who do researchers help with their work at the University of Tennessee?

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. Why does Dennis Tobin say people fall down when shot?

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

3. Describe the procedure in which UM006 was used.

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

5. What kinds of incidents does Dennis Shanahan investigate?

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

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

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

9. What test was Captain Louis Le Garde ordered to perform in 1893?

10. How does Mary Roach say cadavers have been treated, historically?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Having read 'Stiff', would you give your body to science? Explain why or why not. Would you stipulate what kinds of uses your body could or could not be put to?

Essay Topic 2

What techniques does Mary Roach use for keeping you interested as a reader? Is there an arc to this book? Does it build in intensity? Does it wander? How much did you, as a reader, have to work to remain interested and attentive?

Essay Topic 3

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

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