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 Baden called in to investigate at Attica?

2. Why were the corrections officers not supposed to take part in the raid?

3. What does Baden mention that can slow digestion by almost an hour?

4. How did Baden know Fried's death was not suicide by overdose?

5. Why is exhumation done early in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

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

3. Explain the circumstances surrounding the finding of Daphne Mellon's vehicle, personal items, and body, and why those findings led to questions.

4. Explain how and why Jascalevich killed the patients of other doctors.

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

6. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the forensics used in the case of the prison riot at Attica to prove the guards accidentally shot the hostages. What techniques did Baden use to look at the bodies? What did he find? Why did people dislike his findings? How could he prove the findings? What mistakes did others, such as the funeral director, make that hindered the investigation? Did this serve to increase the tension? Why? Do you think the end result at Attica was beneficial? Why? What group did the riots help create? What does that group do? How did that help the prisoners in the long run?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1 of the book, Baden discusses the concept of celebrity death, and the effect of a flawed autopsy on the perception of foul play surrounding the death. Do you think conspiracy theories are derived from the life of the celebrity, or the circumstances surrounding their death, or both? Why? What aspects of life or death help frame a conspiracy theory following death? Why do some celebrities suffer such beliefs after their death and some do not? Based on this, do you think forensic science can have an effect on these ideas? Why or why not? What does this say about forensic science?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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