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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. How are the majority of bodies identified?
(a) By bone scans.
(b) By ID tags.
(c) By family.
(d) By dental records.

2. Where did Humes place the gunshot wound to the head erroneously?
(a) Four inches to the right of the actual wound.
(b) Four inches too high.
(c) Four inches to the left of the actual wound.
(d) Four inches too low.

3. What does Baden believe is the end goal of the DA?
(a) To err on the side of caution for the police.
(b) To pursue the truth at all consequences.
(c) To find justice for the family.
(d) To get a conviction, regardless of truth.

4. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?
(a) He reviewed the Xrays.
(b) He physically examined him in 1978.
(c) He viewed the video.
(d) He reviewed the medical notes of the attending physician.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did William Hare and William Burke do to obtain bodies to sell?

2. What does Baden learn after noting $40 on the body of a dead man in an apartment?

3. What are signs of strangulation?

4. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?

5. What does Baden prove is the material around Dr. Martin Luther King's wound?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

3. What was Humes' excuse about the faulty autopsy, and is this excuse valid?

4. Briefly explain the case of Ann Hart.

5. Describe why there was controversy surrounding the death of Elvis.

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

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

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

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

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

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