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

2. What do the police claim Frank Falco used to pretend he had a gun?
(a) A Coke bottle.
(b) A wooden gun.
(c) His finger.
(d) A Pepsi bottle.

3. 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 Triffin murder case.
(d) The Jack the Ripper case.

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

5. What fact does Baden point to that makes him believe Miriam Weinfeld was not raped?
(a) She was an older victim.
(b) Her hymen was intact.
(c) There was no blood in her vagina.
(d) There was acid phosphatase in the vagina.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did medical examiners have to decide between as a cause of death for Elvis?

2. What was the end result of Baden's case?

3. What did Dan Reidy ask Wilbur Howard to do before he died?

4. What does Baden believe the group proved, beyond a doubt?

5. Where did Baden moonlight during his residency?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

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

4. What is psychosis with exhaustion, according to Baden?

5. Describe why Baden notes the conspiracy theorists' use of the head movement of Kennedy after his shooting leads to unreliable conclusions.

6. Explain why Baden believes coroners are often in trouble as a result of their positions.

7. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

8. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

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

10. Briefly explain the case of Ann Hart.

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