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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 were MEs suspicious of the number of SIDS deaths?
2. What happened to Sunny von Bulow the third time she was hospitalized?
3. What was the original cause of death listed on Daphne Mellon's death certificate?
4. What does Baden claim about the "cardiorespiratory arrest" cause of death issued for Joseph?
5. What is Attica?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. What are possible motives given for Joseph Christopher's killing spree?
3. 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.
4. Explain the disparity between Dr. Lee's issued cause of death and Baden's issued cause of death for Dr. Brown.
5. Why did Jerald Sklar confess to police his knowledge and his crimes, and what was the result?
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. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.
9. Explain how the defense for Hendricks tried to argue the digestive system argument, and Baden's counter argument.
10. Describe why a body in the desert mummifies, and why a body in the Arctic stays bacteria free.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the case of Daphne Mellon, it became clear, through Baden's investigation, that Mellon had died of a drug overdose. The case was closed, without locating anyone who attended the party Baden believes she attended, and without speaking with anyone who directly had dealings with Mellon at the party. Do you believe Baden's judgment was biased, based on Mellon's known drug use and history of sexual promiscuity? Or do you believe the evidence found supports his idea of a drug and sex party gone wrong? Explain your answer, using the details from the case. Be sure to mention where she was found, events leading up to the death, her boyfriend's statements, and those of her friends, her actions prior to her death, the findings at the scene, and any other pertinent information.
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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