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

2. Perez and Narcisco were found guilty of what?
(a) Poisoning ten people.
(b) Poisoning one hundred people.
(c) Poisoning thirty-five people.
(d) Poisoning six people.

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

4. What happened to the status of a coroner over time?
(a) There was no status.
(b) The status stayed the same.
(c) The status was lost.
(d) The status increased.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was the first medical examiner of New York City?

3. Where were the survivors of Flight 66 sitting?

4. Baden's patient at the end of Chapter Two suffers from what?

5. What causes the skin and blood of a victim to turn cherry-pink?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the circumstances surrounding the guilty verdict of Harvey Crippen.

3. Explain the three themes of Baden's affidavit in the case of Claus von Bulow.

4. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

5. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

6. Explain how Baden knew the hostages were killed by the guards.

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

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

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

10. Why did Kuklinski use cyanide, and how did Baden discover it on his victims?

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