Forensic Science quiz

1. The scientific method comes in various forms.  The book shows one version, and in my notes, the instructor presents another version.  As variations, the core elements are always present.  Which of the following would not be considered a core element of the scientific method?

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a.         observation

b.         hypothesis

c.          question

d,         experiment

e.         conclusion


2.  Which of the following pairs are essential for any experiment?

a.         control, experiment

b.         observation, variable

c.          hypothesis, result

d.         control, variable

e.         none of the above


3. What is the difference between the cause and manner of death?


a.    The cause of death is the biological reason for the cessation of life while the manner of death is the way death occurred.

b.    The cause of death is the way death occurred and the manner of death is the biological reason for life cessation.

c.    The cause of death is a doctors term and is no different from the coroners term of manner of death.

d.    The term cause of death is used in hospital autopsy and manner of death in medico-legal autopsy.




4. Which of the following does not belong?


a.    homicide

b.    drug overdose

c.    suicide

d.    natural

e.    accidental




5. Which of the following is incorrectly matched? (multiple select)


a.    post-mortem cooling: livor mortis

b.    rigor mortis:  bone stiffening

c.    algor mortis:  post mortem blood settling

d.    petichiae:  pin point hemorrhages




6. True or False:  Tardieu spots are really no different than petichiae.




7. Which of the following are used to aid in determining the post mortem interval? (multiple select)


e.    Changes that are observed upon external examination of the body

f.     Body fluid or tissue exhibit changes in chemistry

g.    Observation of stomach contents indicative of digestion

h.    Injuries and its relationship to death



8. True or False.  Autopsy is required if a death occurred during a car accident in Maryland.


Answer: ________

9. Which organelles are important to modern forensic science (Pick all that           apply)?

            a.         nucleus

            b.         golgi apparatus

            c.         mitochondria

            d.         endoplasmic reticulum




10.   T or F.  Necrophagous means dead-flesh eating, which can be used to    describe zombies.



11.   What are the two types of amylase?  How do they differ?


12.  A positive result with the Jaffe Reaction turns __________.

13.  What are the three main components of a sperm cell?


14.  If you suspect have a false positive for a presumptive test for blood from a sample that may contain plant matter how would you verify it’s a false positive?


15.  Name a confirmatory test for blood.




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