Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the trooper's weapons fire?

2. Why did Nigerians misdiagnose the reddish color of the brain in the body of Whitney Young, as a brain hemorrhage?

3. Why was Sunny von Bulow hospitalized the second time?

4. What mistake does Baden blame prison authorities for making?

5. What did Baden find when Carmella's body was exhumed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

2. Describe how the development of maggots helped determine time of death in the case of Gail Morris.

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

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

5. Explain what Baden notices about Sunny's levels of alcohol and barbiturates, and why he calculates them as fatal levels at the time of her coma.

6. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

7. Describe why a body in the desert mummifies, and why a body in the Arctic stays bacteria free.

8. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

9. Explain how Carl Cappolino killed William E. Farber.

10. Describe the circumstances in the case of the S&M nurse and doctor in Chapter Ten that led to the case being taken to a grand jury to process the nurse for homicide.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Baden closes the novel by noting that the system is failing, and has been failing for some time. Why does he say this? What does he attribute as the cause of this failure? What are some things he thinks can help fix the situation? Do you agree these things are important? Why or why not? After reading the novel, do you think forensic medicine, and the role of the ME, are important? Why? What power do they have? What are their responsibilities, and why are these important?

Essay Topic 2

The case of Carl Cappolono is listed as being an almost perfect crime. However, this case had several holes in it that eventually led to Carl's demise. Based on the book, what kinds of mistakes do killers make that eventually come back to haunt them? What do killers assume about poison, and why is this assumption incorrect? How can an ME detect poisons long after they have been administered, according to the tests done in the book? What does this say about the idea that poison killings are killings without a trace?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss each of the following forms of identification of remains in detail. Be sure to mention how the process is done, and any limitations mentioned in the book in terms of their reliability and effectiveness. Use examples from the book, where possible, to show how the method is used.

• Familial identification

• Dental identification

• Bone identification

• Scar identification

• Fingerprinting

• Personal effects identification

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