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. Why was Sunny von Bulow hospitalized the second time?

2. What did Travis decide to try to steal from inside the house of Dr. Brown?

3. How many Tinning children were given a cause of death of SIDS?

4. What does Baden find in his autopsies?

5. What did Sklar do following Paul's murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Baden know the killer in the Buffalo slayings was trained, either as a hunter or medically?

2. 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.

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

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

5. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

6. Explain why the prisoners at Attica were rioting, including those things mentioned that were problems for the corrections board.

7. 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.

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

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

10. Describe how Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Hess were killed by the other inmates.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, Baden discusses the concept that the death of a person is indicative of the life that person led. After reading the book, and seeing Baden's examples, do you think Baden is correct? Why or why not? Do you think the lives of certain individuals lead to their demise? Why? Does this mean we can, to some extent, control our own fate? Why or why not? Does this necessarily mean some deserve their death? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples given by Baden in the book, as either support for your position or as reasons to disprove his theory. Incorporate your own examples, as well, to support your view.

Essay Topic 2

John Belushi died of an overdose of heroin, according to Baden. Cathy Smith admits to giving Belushi the drugs, although she disagrees with his time of death, or that her specific injection caused his death. Regardless of these facts, do you think that, even if Cathy had injected Belushi's final dose, that her act constituted a crime? Why or why not? What does Baden say about most drug injection murder cases? Why did Belushi's case differ? Did Belushi's record of massive drug addiction predispose him to die of an overdose, regardless of who injected him? Why or why not?

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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