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 does Baden claim was the cause of death for Whitney Young?

2. What is the proof of cyanide poisoning Baden finds in the bodies that is crucial to the case?

3. How does Baden know Gail Morris died on Saturday, and not on Friday or Sunday?

4. Who was the abuser in the relationship between Catherine and Paul?

5. What did Baden find when Carmella's body was exhumed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Describe how the development of maggots helped determine time of death in the case of Gail Morris.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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