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 Sklar do following Paul's murder?

2. Who led the state police in the raid?

3. What does Baden accuse MEs of doing at the beginning of Chapter Eleven if they can't figure out a cause of death?

4. What pattern does Baden find in the .22 caliber killer, the New York Slasher, and the Buffalo Slasher?

5. Who watched the autopsy of Jaroslawicz?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the circumstances surrounding the finding of Daphne Mellon's vehicle, personal items, and body, and why those findings led to questions.

2. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

3. 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.

4. Why did Jerald Sklar confess to police his knowledge and his crimes, and what was the result?

5. How did Baden know Paul Fried had not committed suicide?

6. Explain why, from the beginning, Baden believed the police had the wrong time of death for Gail Morris.

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

8. What are possible motives given for Joseph Christopher's killing spree?

9. Explain how the defense for Hendricks tried to argue the digestive system argument, and Baden's counter argument.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The novel discusses additional methods to deteremine time of death, those of the potassium eye test and the use of the digestive system.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Compare these methods with rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis. Why are these methods sometimes needed? What benefit do these methods have that the others do not? Be sure to explain your answer using examples from the book.

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