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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 did Dan Reidy ask Wilbur Howard to do before he died?
(a) Ask for forgiveness.
(b) Confess to police.
(c) Put a confession in a lock box.
(d) Bury his wife.

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

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

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

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

6. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?
(a) There was a tornado that damaged military records.
(b) There was a fire that burned military records.
(c) There was a computer crash that lost military records.
(d) There was a flood that damaged military records.

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

8. 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 not jacketed.
(b) The bullet was made with a full metal jacket.
(c) The bullet was specially made.
(d) The bullet was large.

9. What does the author note about the competency of natural death autopsies?
(a) They are usually done competently.
(b) They are never done competently.
(c) They are always done competently.
(d) They are always done incompetently.

10. What disease does Humes purposefully leave out of the notes of the autopsy?
(a) Polio.
(b) Prostate cancer.
(c) Addison's disease.
(d) Leukemia.

11. What were resurrectionists during the time of the French Revolution?
(a) Morticians.
(b) Medical students.
(c) Grave robbers.
(d) Medical examiners.

12. What piece of evidence was crucial to the case in 1910?
(a) The scar on the scalp.
(b) The scar on the pelvis.
(c) The scar on the torso.
(d) The scar on the arm.

13. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?
(a) It has been donated to science.
(b) It has rotted away.
(c) It has disappeared from the archives.
(d) It has been eaten by rodents.

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

15. What does Baden believe is a reflection of the way people live?
(a) The people who appear at their funeral.
(b) The way people die.
(c) Their obituary.
(d) Their money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden blame for the increase in mercury scare dsuring his time as ME?

2. What group was set up in 1977 to help explain the Kennedy assassination?

3. What does Baden prove is the material around Dr. Martin Luther King's wound?

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

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

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