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

2. Why does Baden say MEs fear SIDS organizations when they investigate a child's death?

3. What was Baden's listed cause of death for Daphne Mellon?

4. Why was Jaroslawicz's body preserved so well?

5. What did Fried's three daughters not believe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

6. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

7. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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