Forensic Thanatology

Forensic Thanatology

Forensic Thanatology Quiz Crafted by –


Scientific Officer,

Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi


Introduction to Forensic Thanatology

Forensic thanatology comprises the investigation of every phenomenon related to death performed through cadaveric exams. Forensic thanatology investigates the mechanisms and forensic aspects related to death, like body changes that accompany death and the post-mortem period. Forensic thanatology is known as the scientific study of death. it helps to determine the time since death, cause mode and manner of death, and so on. It's really an interesting and the widest area of forensic science. 

Let's look at the questions and their answers

Ques. 1 - Arrange the changes that appear in a Cadaver in sequential order: 

a) Cooling, Rigor, Marbling, Mummification. 

b) Rigor, Cooling, Marbling, Mummification. 

c) Rigor, Marbling, Cooling, Mummification. 

d) Cooling, Rigor, Mummification, Marbling.

Answer – d) Cooling, Rigor, Mummification, Marbling.

Ques. 2 - “Glove and Stocking” pattern of lividity is associated with death is caused by?

a) Arsenic poisoning 

b) Hanging 

c) Drowning 

d) Electrocution 

Answer – c) Drowning 

Ques. 3 - Cause of death in “Café Coronary” is?

a) Cardiac Arrest 

b) Chocking 

c) Gagging 

d) None of the above

Answer – a) Cardiac Arrest 

Ques. 4 - “Taches Noire Scleroitiques” is a postmortem feature seen in ?

a) Eyes 

b) Nostrils 

c) Ears 

d) Mouth 

Answer – a) Eyes

Ques. 5 - Fine, white lathery froth that is copious and tenacious around mouth and nostrils is suggestive of death due to? 

a) Drowning 

b) Epilepsy 

c) Morphine poisoning 

d) Snakebite

Answer – a) Drowning 

Ques. 6 – In putrefaction, greenish discolouration is first seen in?

a) Loin

b) Epigastrium

c) Right iliac fossa

d) Lower limb 

Answer – c) Right iliac fossa.

Ques. 7 - Beneke’s technique is used during post-mortem to?

a) Remove heart from infants

b) Open skull in infants

c) Remove enlarged prostate gland

d) Open the body from back

Answer – b) Open skull in infants

Ques. 8 - Temperature of the body rise up for the first two hours after death. The probable condition includes following except?

a) Sun Stroke

b) Frost bite

c) Tetanus

d) Septicaemia

Answer - b) Frost bite

Ques. 9 - Which of the following organism is associated with putrefaction? 

a) Mycobacterium Smegmatis 

b) Mycobacterium Leprae 

c) Clostridium Welchi 

d) Trepanoma Pallidium

Answer – c) Clostridium Welchi 

Ques. 10 – If a dead body lying on its back shows lividity features on the front, it indicates that?

a) Death was sudden 

b) Dead body was shifted 

c) Death was due to blood loss 

d) Time since death was less than 12 hours’

Answer - b) Dead body was shifted

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