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

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

3. Who was the first medical examiner of New York City?
(a) Henry Wilcox.
(b) John Mitchel.
(c) Tammany Hall.
(d) Dr. Charles Norris.

4. What is Baden's first homicide case?
(a) A shoot out in a hotel.
(b) A woman who poisons her husband.
(c) A hit and run.
(d) A man who kills his wife's lover.

5. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?
(a) There was a flood that damaged military records.
(b) There was a computer crash that lost military records.
(c) There was a fire that burned military records.
(d) There was a tornado that damaged military records.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first victim on which autopsy was performed in a murder investigation?

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

3. How are the majority of bodies identified?

4. How do the police catch Thomas Trantino?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain how the body of the mafioso was identified.

9. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

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

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