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 did Travis do when Dr. Brown caught him inside the house?

2. Dr. Worthington was willing to testify to what?

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

4. Who watched the autopsy of Jaroslawicz?

5. How did the masochist doctor die at the end of Chapter Ten?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

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

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 case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss each of the following forms of identification of remains in detail. Be sure to mention how the process is done, and any limitations mentioned in the book in terms of their reliability and effectiveness. Use examples from the book, where possible, to show how the method is used.

• Familial identification

• Dental identification

• Bone identification

• Scar identification

• Fingerprinting

• Personal effects identification

Essay Topic 3

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

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