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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. Why did Baden not do an autopsy on Nelson Rockefeller?
(a) He didn't want to cause controversy.
(b) He didn't want to report a suicide.
(c) He didn't want to get involved.
(d) He was given a death certificate by his own physician.

2. Why did Baden delay the autopsy report in the case of Willie Welch?
(a) He was waiting for toxicology reports.
(b) He was unwilling to claim Welch was stabbed.
(c) He was reluctant to help the DA.
(d) He was arguing with Dr. Rho about cause of death.

3. 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 fell back out the entrance wound.
(c) It exited through the arm.
(d) It exited through the stomach.

4. Why does Baden believe Levine was convicted at all costs?
(a) Morgenthau's office had previously lost evidence, which allowed him to be set free.
(b) The DA wanted a conviction to spare the family.
(c) The DA wanted a conviction to serve justice.
(d) The ME wanted a raise.

5. What is Baden's rebuttal to Ferrer's accusation that he had hired four people without authorization?
(a) That he did not have the authority to hire anyone without Ferrer's approval.
(b) That he had not hired anyone.
(c) That he had hired them, but without pay.
(d) That he had, in fact, done so.

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

7. What does Baden prove is the material around Dr. Martin Luther King's wound?
(a) Powder grains.
(b) Lead.
(c) Soot.
(d) Dirt.

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

9. What was missing from the body of the bishop on Flight 66?
(a) A ring and a belt.
(b) A ring, cross, and gold wristwatch.
(c) His right arm.
(d) His left leg.

10. Who was the first medical examiner of New York City?
(a) Dr. Charles Norris.
(b) John Mitchel.
(c) Henry Wilcox.
(d) Tammany Hall.

11. If the primary method of identification is not available, what is the second type used?
(a) Family identification.
(b) Dental records.
(c) Bone scans.
(d) ID Tags.

12. What happens to Baden's patient following his release from the hospital at the end of Chapter Two?
(a) He dies of an overdose.
(b) He dies of cancer.
(c) He dies of infection.
(d) He dies in a car accident.

13. In what year is the office of the Coroner first described?
(a) 1768.
(b) 1194.
(c) 1587.
(d) 1934.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What case does Baden believe was a triumph for forensic medicine in 1910?

2. What happened to the property of a suicide victim during this time?

3. How are the majority of bodies identified?

4. What does Baden note is the desire of the DAs office in terms of the ME?

5. In Chapter Two, what actually caused the death of the man being autopsied in fear of small pox?

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