The Tracers Series
So you think YOU can be a Tracer?

Readers of the Tracers series often tell me they would love to work at the Delphi Center Crime Lab. Sorry, but the lab is FICTIONAL! Just for fun, though, you can take this quiz to test your knowledge of forensic science. Good luck!

1. Which of these bones would be most helpful to a forensic anthropologist trying to determine a victim’s height?
Clavicle
Mandible
Femur

2. What is another term for “postmortem lividity”?
Asphyxia
Postmortem hypostasis
Rigor mortis

3. Which of the following is a test used to determine whether blood is from a human or non-human source?
Rorschach test
GSR test
Precipitin test

4. Which of the following evidence would a crime scene investigator want to transport to the lab in an airtight container, such as a sterile paint can?
A victim’s blood-soaked clothing
A bloody knife recovered from a homicide scene
A carpet sample recovered from the point of origin of a house fire

5. This animal is often studied by forensic scientists because its decomposition closely resembles that of humans:
Pig
Chimpanzee
Raccoon

6. Which of these acronyms refers to a process examiners might use to get a DNA profile from a blood sample?
PMI
PCR
PCL-R

7. Refers to the size of a particular ammunition cartridge for a gun:
caliber
muzzle
bolt

8. Which of the following cells could NOT be examined to get a nuclear DNA profile?
Cells from a buccal swab
Red blood cells
Cells recovered from a suspect's drinking straw

9. Which of these experts studies fingerprints?
An entomologist
A palynologist
A dactyloscopist

10. This recreational drug is also used as an anesthetic in veterinary clinics:
Methamphetamine
Ketamine
LSD

11. Which of the following describes part of a fingerprint?
Spiracle
Ulnar loop
Mesial surface

12. What is the name of the database that includes DNA profiles from convicted criminals, crime scenes, and unidentified human remains?
AFIS
IBIS
CODIS


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