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 did Claus reject the idea of arguing that Sunny committed suicide?

2. What was the first indicator that the Tinning children did not die from bad genes?

3. What misled the doctors the day of Sunny's third hospitalization?

4. Where was the body of Daphne Mellon found?

5. Which organ is particularly important for detecting poison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Explain the three themes of Baden's affidavit in the case of Claus von Bulow.

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

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

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

10. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the mistakes that led to the original conviction of Claus von Bulow. From what did the EMTs who delivered Sunny, his wife, believe she was suffering ? What caused the hospital staff to disagree? What mistake did they make as a result? Following their assumptions, what mistakes did the lab make in testing Sunny's samples? Why did this lead to false information? What assumptions were made about the insulin needle? What turned out to be the truth? What does this say about the importance of proper procedures in this position?

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