Quiz: Quiz 01

Quiz covering the first 2 chapters of “Homicide” and “Art of Access”. And some spreadsheets.

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Thursday, October 6 at 1:30 PM
5 Quiz points
  • email me the answers at dun@stanford.edu

  • have the correct answers

  • be done in 5 minutes


In an email to dun@stanford.edu, with the subject line:


Answer the questions below, then send it. Keep it simple, e.g.

  1. A
  2. C
  3. The quick brown fox and goose

You have 5 Minutes. If you're done early, sign up with your Stanford email at:


The Questions

1. What is the first rule in the so-called "guidebook of death investigation"?

A. Don't talk about the guidebook of death investigation B. Everyone lies C. You can't handle the truth.
D. Every man dies but not every man truly lives. E. Cases go red, then they go green, then they go black.  

2. Finish this sentence:

And you drink it. Because in a police department of about three thousand sworn souls, you are one of __ investigators entrusted with the pursuit of that most extraordinary of crimes

A: 10 B: 36 C: 80 D: 120 E: 300

3. In a year, about how many homicides total is a Baltimore detective expected to handle as both primary and secondary investigator?

A. Between 1 to 3 a week B. 100 C. 15 D. Number of years on the force, multiplied by 3

4. In the one-line spreadsheet below, what formula would fit the cell X1?

126.793 CHRISTIAN ran 127 yards on Sat Christian Saturday

A. =UPPER(CONCATENATE(Y1, " ran ", ROUND(W1), " yards on ", LEFT(Z1,3))

B. =CONCATENATE(UPPER(Y1), " ran ", ROUND(W1), " yards on ", LEFT(Z1,3))

C. =CONCATENATE("UPPER(Y1)" ran , ROUND(W1), yards on, LEFT(Z1, 3))

D. =UPPER(CONCATENATE("Y1", " ran ", ROUND(W1), " yards on ", LEFT(Z1,3))

5. What's wrong with the text in the FOIA request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation below?

Describe the error with a short sentence. Assume that address/phone/goodbye boilerplate is filled in:

August 20, 2016
To: The FOIA Officer at the FBI Records Dept.
This is a request under the California Sunshine Act of 1964. I hereby request the following record: The FBI's file on U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, who passed away on the 22nd of April, 1994.

In the event that there are fees, etc. etc. boilerplate


  1. B
  2. B
  3. C
  4. B
  5. The federal FOIA law is not called the "California Sunshine Act"