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

3. How does heroin kill?

4. How does Baden know Gail Morris died on Saturday, and not on Friday or Sunday?

5. What did Travis and Peters not know about Dr. Brown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

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

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

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

7. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.

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

9. 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.

10. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the near conviction of Leonard Barco, the man originally believed to have killed Gail Morris. Why was he suspected? What was the role of Dr. Braga in the original cause of death? Why did he issue the cause of death as he did? What led Baden to believe this was incorrect? What did Baden find? Why did this help convince the judge Barco did not commit the crime?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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