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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. What is livor mortis?
(a) A method to determine time of death that uses body decomposition.
(b) A method to determine time of death that uses body stiffness.
(c) A method to determine time of death that uses body color.
(d) A method to determine time of death that uses body temperature.

2. How long does the military keep medical records?
(a) Six years.
(b) One year.
(c) Indefinitely.
(d) Six months.

3. What does Baden point out is a misconception about drugs and alcohol?
(a) It is the amount that kills.
(b) It is the type of drug that kills.
(c) It is the blending of drugs that kills.
(d) It is the combination that kills.

4. What case caused Oklahoma to establish a medical examiner position?
(a) The Tammany Hall case.
(b) The George Cole case.
(c) The Charles Norris case.
(d) The Crippen case.

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

6. Why do the fallopian tubes of prostitutes show scarring during autopsy?
(a) They have had too many sexual partners.
(b) They have had many children.
(c) They have often been raped.
(d) They have repeated bouts of gonorrhea.

7. What did Humes do with his original notes from the autopsy?
(a) He edited them.
(b) He burned them.
(c) He published them.
(d) He lost them.

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

9. What drug does Baden note is invisible on the autopsy table?
(a) Cyanide.
(b) Strychnine.
(c) Arsenic.
(d) Tranquilizers.

10. What did Baden give to the biologist that allowed him to give a time of death for the 55 year old woman of at least a year and a half?
(a) Fish samples.
(b) Blood.
(c) Water.
(d) Algae.

11. What does Baden believe is the end goal of the DA?
(a) To err on the side of caution for the police.
(b) To find justice for the family.
(c) To get a conviction, regardless of truth.
(d) To pursue the truth at all consequences.

12. What does Baden note his profession was believed to be?
(a) A place for the elite in the field of medicine.
(b) A dumping ground for those who couldn't finish medical school.
(c) A dumping ground for incompetents.
(d) A place for only the most intelligent.

13. What is the rule for jurisdiction when it comes to a dismembered body?
(a) Whoever has the legs has the case.
(b) Whoever has the hands has the case.
(c) Whoever has the brain has the case.
(d) Whoever has the heart has the case.

14. Where were the survivors of Flight 66 sitting?
(a) In the front of the plane.
(b) In the cockpit.
(c) In the middle of the plane.
(d) In the rear of the plane.

15. What did Baden recommend to the MIA team?
(a) They should get a microscope.
(b) They should get an anthropologist.
(c) They should get an Xray machine.
(d) They should get an ME.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year is the office of the Coroner first described?

2. What two disciplines does Baden claim are combined in the medical examiner's position?

3. What was the end result of Baden's case?

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

5. What does Baden learn after noting $40 on the body of a dead man in an apartment?

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