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

2. Why are many exotic poisons difficult to detect during autopsy?
(a) The poisons leave the body before autopsy.
(b) The tests are too expensive to run routinely.
(c) The tests are difficult to obtain.
(d) The poisons are small in dose.

3. 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 serve justice.
(c) The ME wanted a raise.
(d) The DA wanted a conviction to spare the family.

4. What are symptoms of ricin poisoning?
(a) Abdominal pain, cramps, and dehydration.
(b) Sweating, sore joints, and headache.
(c) Sore throat, cough, and sneezing.
(d) Heart palpitations, weakness, and numbing.

5. Where did Baden moonlight during his residency?
(a) In the hospital.
(b) In the police department.
(c) In the dentist's office.
(d) In the medical examiner's office.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baden believe is a reflection of the way people live?

2. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

3. What was the outside ME's issued cause of death in the Stewart case?

4. Why do the fallopian tubes of prostitutes show scarring during autopsy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what Baden notes occurs by the French Revolution as a way to bring bodies to medical schools for science.

2. In the end of Chapter One, the report given to the FBI suggests two shooters. Explain the event that prompted the committee to suggest this.

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

4. Briefly explain the case of Ann Hart.

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

6. Explain Baden's experience of the convergence of hospital medicine and the morgue, and why the event had an impact on him.

7. Describe the People vs. Levine case. What was the case, and why did Baden fail to do as he was asked by the DA?

8. Explain why Baden believes people go into particular medical professions.

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

10. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

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