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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 case caused Oklahoma to establish a medical examiner position?
(a) The Tammany Hall case.
(b) The Crippen case.
(c) The George Cole case.
(d) The Charles Norris case.

2. Who was the first victim on which autopsy was performed in a murder investigation?
(a) Janet Robinson.
(b) George Harlington.
(c) Francis Carpenter.
(d) Samuell Yeoungman.

3. What is Baden's rebuttal to Morgenthau's accusation that he had misplaced evidence?
(a) He says he did not lose evidence.
(b) He says his office did lose evidence, but that it was stolen by an unknown person.
(c) He admits he did lose evidence.
(d) He says his office did lose evidence, but that Morgenthau stole it.

4. What event forced Scotland Yard to begin examining the role of the coroner?
(a) The Black Death.
(b) The failure to find Jack the Ripper.
(c) The rise of murders.
(d) The Plague.

5. What was the verdict in the Andre case?
(a) Andre was acquitted.
(b) Andre was found guilty.
(c) Andre was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
(d) Andre was never taken to trial.

Short Answer Questions

1. What trait does Baden note forensic pathologists have to have?

2. Why are many exotic poisons difficult to detect during autopsy?

3. What does Baden note about the symmetry of the human body?

4. What does a cause of death of 'psychosis with exhaustion' really mean, according to Baden?

5. What piece of evidence was crucial to the case in 1910?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Baden discovered the age, time of death, and identity of Katherine Howard.

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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.

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