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Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were the complaints against Baden as ME by Morgenthau and Ferrer?
(a) He lies on the stand to protect the DA.
(b) He is a sloppy administrator, has bad judgment, and an uncooperative attitude.
(c) He is uncooperative, and improper with other staff members.
(d) He has bad judgment, is uncooperative, and lies to protect himself.

2. Why does Baden challenge the autopsy finding of the Lindberg baby?
(a) The gunshot wound was too large to be from a .22.
(b) There was blood flowing the wrong direction on the body.
(c) The knife wounds did not match the murder weapon.
(d) A fractured skull is not a true cause of death.

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

4. 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.

5. 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 was never asked.
(d) He simply misplaced the file.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event forced Scotland Yard to begin examining the role of the coroner?

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

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

4. What is livor mortis?

5. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the body of Theresa Ferrara was identified and why there were different strands of hair on her torso.

2. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

3. Explain how ricin came into fame in 1978.

4. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

5. Describe the blunders that occurred during the Levin and Chambers case.

6. Describe why Baden believes the dead woman at the fund raiser and the dead baby in the impoverished apartment represent the inequalities of life.

7. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

8. Describe the event in Oklahoma that caused the state to create an office of medical examiner.

9. List the three tests used to determine how long someone has been dead, and mention what they are.

10. Describe how Baden explains why the father of the female drug addict in Chapter Two has little emotion.

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