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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 does Baden believe is the true cause of Thomas Noguchi's move to a teaching position?
(a) He leaked that alcoholism was the cause of death for William Holden.
(b) He stole from the office.
(c) He leaked that alcoholism was the cause of death for Frank Sinatra.
(d) He did work for other counties.

2. What military rule hindered the MIA team until 1985?
(a) Dental records were carried on board with their owners.
(b) Military planes did not keep record of the passengers.
(c) Dental records were not kept.
(d) Xrays were not kept.

3. What does Baden note about the FBI photographer at the scene of the autopsy?
(a) His camera was insufficient for the job.
(b) He was overqualified.
(c) He did not have clearance.
(d) He had never done autopsy photos.

4. What is algor mortis?
(a) A method to determine time of death that uses body stiffness.
(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 decomposition.

5. What fact about the 'magic' bullet does Baden point out that explains its ability to travel through more than one person?
(a) The bullet was specially made.
(b) The bullet was not jacketed.
(c) The bullet was large.
(d) The bullet was made with a full metal jacket.

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

7. Which autopsies are done incompetently much of the time?
(a) Car accident autopsies.
(b) Suicide autopsies.
(c) Natural death autopsies.
(d) Unnatural death autopsies.

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

9. What case does Baden believe was a triumph for forensic medicine in 1910?
(a) The Crippen murder case.
(b) The William Hogarth case.
(c) The Jack the Ripper case.
(d) The Triffin murder case.

10. What was the end result of Baden's case?
(a) He was not reinstated.
(b) He was reinstated.
(c) He was given a settlement.
(d) He was moved into a different position.

11. What is Baden's first homicide case?
(a) A hit and run.
(b) A woman who poisons her husband.
(c) A man who kills his wife's lover.
(d) A shoot out in a hotel.

12. How do the police catch Thomas Trantino?
(a) He is killed.
(b) He is captured at home.
(c) He surrenders.
(d) He is captured at work.

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

14. How are most people identified in a mass disaster?
(a) Fingerprints and dental records.
(b) Personal property.
(c) Identification tags.
(d) Family identification.

15. Why does Baden finally choose to follow forensic medicine?
(a) He believes the field helps the masses.
(b) He enjoys the money.
(c) He believes the field helps individuals.
(d) He enjoys being out of the limelight.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden note about the symmetry of the human body?

2. What did Humes do with his original notes from the autopsy?

3. What happened to the status of a coroner over time?

4. Why are many exotic poisons difficult to detect during autopsy?

5. Why did Baden not do an autopsy on Nelson Rockefeller?

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