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. 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 did Jerald Sklar claim Catherine Fried had killed her husband?

4. What happened to the prisoners who told reporters they disagreed with the riot?

5. How did the ME know Masgay had been frozen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances in the case of the S&M nurse and doctor in Chapter Ten that led to the case being taken to a grand jury to process the nurse for homicide.

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Kuklinski use cyanide, and how did Baden discover it on his victims?

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

10. Explain why, from the beginning, Baden believed the police had the wrong time of death for Gail Morris.

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

The case of Carl Cappolono is listed as being an almost perfect crime. However, this case had several holes in it that eventually led to Carl's demise. Based on the book, what kinds of mistakes do killers make that eventually come back to haunt them? What do killers assume about poison, and why is this assumption incorrect? How can an ME detect poisons long after they have been administered, according to the tests done in the book? What does this say about the idea that poison killings are killings without a trace?

Essay Topic 3

The novel discusses three clear methods to detect time of death, those of rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the three methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Which is the best method of detection? Why? What are the limitations of this method?

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