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. Where did David Hendricks take his children to eat the night they were murdered?

2. Why were the corrections officers not supposed to take part in the raid?

3. What caused the riot?

4. Why was Baden called in to investigate at Attica?

5. What did Travis do when Dr. Brown caught him inside the house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the disparity between Dr. Lee's issued cause of death and Baden's issued cause of death for Dr. Brown.

2. 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.

3. Explain how and why Jascalevich killed the patients of other doctors.

4. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

5. 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.

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

7. Explain why the DA dropped the three additional murder charges against Kuklinski.

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

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

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

Baden often questions the morality of others involved in the governmental process. He questions the DAs, the mayors, hospital coroners, military personnel, rescue workers, and still others throughout the novel on a variety of different levels. Why do you think Baden suspects nearly all departments of corruption? Do you think this comes from his own experiences as an ME? Why or why not? Do you think Baden is biased as a result of his experiences? Does this discredit his opinions about such issues as misidentifying remains, improper ME techniques, or looting of victims? Why or why not? What does this say about the credibility of his entire book?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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