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Michael Baden
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Perez and Narcisco were found guilty of what?
(a) Poisoning ten people.
(b) Poisoning six people.
(c) Poisoning one hundred people.
(d) Poisoning thirty-five people.

2. What happened to the status of a coroner over time?
(a) There was no status.
(b) The status stayed the same.
(c) The status increased.
(d) The status was lost.

3. Why did Baden fail to change the cause of death on the Soman case?
(a) He was never asked.
(b) He simply misplaced the file.
(c) He didn't believe the change was truthful.
(d) He didn't have time.

4. What trait does Baden note forensic pathologists have to have?
(a) They have to be comfortable in the limelight.
(b) They have to hate publicity.
(c) They have to prefer academic medicine.
(d) They have to be emotional.

5. What does Baden learn after noting $40 on the body of a dead man in an apartment?
(a) Often, family reports stolen jewelry.
(b) Often, police overlook such things.
(c) Often, the victim has no valuables.
(d) Often, things are stolen from dead bodies.

6. What does Baden note about the symmetry of the human body?
(a) It is symmetrical.
(b) It is asymmetrical.
(c) It is always bigger on the right.
(d) It is always bigger on the left.

7. How often could autopsies be performed in Massachusetts?
(a) Once every ten years.
(b) Every four years.
(c) Every day.
(d) Every year.

8. What did Humes originally claim had happened to the bullet that went into Kennedy's back?
(a) It was lodged in the body.
(b) It exited through the arm.
(c) It fell back out the entrance wound.
(d) It exited through the stomach.

9. What does Baden find caused the death of the woman at the fund raising dinner?
(a) Choking.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Drug abuse.
(d) Heart attack.

10. In Chapter Two, what actually caused the death of the man being autopsied in fear of small pox?
(a) Mumps.
(b) Chicken pox.
(c) Measles.
(d) Cancer.

11. What event forced Scotland Yard to begin examining the role of the coroner?
(a) The failure to find Jack the Ripper.
(b) The rise of murders.
(c) The Plague.
(d) The Black Death.

12. What is a coup injury?
(a) When someone has a bruised back of the head, a fractured skull, and a bruised brain at the back.
(b) When someone has a bruised scalp, a fractured skull, and a bruised brain, all in different areas.
(c) When someone has a bruised back of the head, a fractured skull, and a bruised brain at the front.
(d) When someone has a bruised scalp, a fractured skull, and a bruised brain, all directly beneath one another.

13. What do the police claim Frank Falco used to pretend he had a gun?
(a) A wooden gun.
(b) His finger.
(c) A Pepsi bottle.
(d) A Coke bottle.

14. What was the outside ME's issued cause of death in the Stewart case?
(a) Death by alcohol overdose.
(b) Death by choke hold.
(c) Death by drug overdose.
(d) Death by injury to the spine.

15. What happened to the property of a suicide victim during this time?
(a) It was given to the family.
(b) It was given to the Crown.
(c) It was given to the poor.
(d) It was given to the natives.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first victim on which autopsy was performed in a murder investigation?

2. What do some list as a reason to believe Marilyn Monroe was murdered?

3. What does Baden point out is a misconception about drugs and alcohol?

4. What piece of evidence was crucial to the case in 1910?

5. Why does Baden believe Levine was convicted at all costs?

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