Criminalistics Review Questions
1. There is freehand invitation and is considered as the most skilful
class of forgery
A. simulated or copied forgery
B. simple forgery
C. traced forgery
D. carbon tracing
2. Condensed and compact set of authentic specimen which is
adequate and proper, should contain a cross section
of the material from known sources.
A. disguised document
B. questioned document
C. standard document
D. requested document
3. Specimens of hand writing or of typescript which is of known
4. A document which is being questioned because of its origin, its
contents or the circumstances or the stories of its production.
A. disputed document
B. standard document
C. requested document
D. questioned document
5. The art of beautiful writing is known as
C. Art appreciation
6. Any written instrument by which a right or obligation is
7. A type of fingerprint pattern in which the slope or downward flow
of the innermost sufficient recurve is towards the thumb of radius bone of the hand of origin.
A. ulnar loop
B. tented arch
C. accidental whorl
D. radial loop
8. The forking or dividing of one line to two or more branches.
9. The point on a ridge at or in front of and nearest the center of
the divergence of the type lines.
10.The following are considerations used for the identification of a
loop except one:
C. a sufficient recurve
D. a ridge count across a looping bridge
11.The process of recording fingerprint through the use of fingerprint
D. Printing press
12.The fingerprint method of identification.
D. Printing press
13.Two lines that run parallel or nearly parallel, diverge and surround the pattern area.
C. Type line
14.A part of the whorl or loop in which appear the cores, deltas and
A. type line
C. pattern area
15.Fingerprints left on various surfaces at the crime scene which are
not clearly visible.
A. plane impressions
B. visible fingerprints
C. rolled impressions
D. latent fingerprints
16.The impressions left by the patterns of ridges and depressions on
A. kiss marks
B. finger rolls
C. thumb marks
17.Which among the following is not considered as a basic fingerprint pattern?
18.The minimum identical characteristics to justify the identity
between two points.
19.A fingerprint pattern in which the ridges form a sequence of
spirals around core axes.
B. double loop
C. central pocket loop
20.A fingerprint pattern which one or more ridges enter on either side
of the impression by a recurve, and terminate on the same side
where the ridge has entered.
B. radial loop
C. ulnar loop
D. tented arch
21.A person allowed who gives his/her opinion or conclusion on a
given scientific evidence is considered
B. expert witness
22.The application of scientific knowledge and techniques in the
detection of crime and apprehension of criminals.
A. Law Enforcement Administration
B. Forensic Administration
C. Criminal Psychology
23.Lens that is characterized by a thicker center and thinner sides.
A. concave lens
B. convex lens
C. negative lens
D. positive lens
24.The normal developing time of a paper or film.
A. 30-60 minutes
B. 20-30 minutes
C. 5-10 minutes
D. 1- 2 minutes
25.This part of a camera is used to allow light to enter the lens for
a predetermined time interval.
A. holder of sensitized material
B. view finder
D. view finder
26.A lens with a focal length of less than the diagonal of its negative
A. telephoto lens
B. long lens
C. normal lens
D. wide angle lens
27.Chemical used as an accelerator in a developer solution.
A. Potassium Bromide
B. Sodium Carbonate
C. Sodium Sulfite
28.A part of a camera used in focusing the light from the subject
A. view finder
D. light tight box
29.A component of the polygraph instrument which records the
breathing of the subject.
30.A component of the polygraph instrument which records the
blood pressure and the pulse rate of the subject.
31.A component of the polygraph instrument which is a motor that
drives or pulls the chart paper under the recording pen
simultaneously at the rate of 6 or 12 inches per minute.
32.The following are specific rules to be followed in the formulation of
the questions in a polygraph test except one.
A. Questions must be clear and phrased in a language the
subject can easily understand.
B. Questions must be answerable by yes or no.
C. Questions must be as short as possible.
D. Questions must all be in the form of accusations
33. In “ polygraph examination”, the term “ examination” means a
C. the mind
34. It refers to an emotional response to a specific danger, which
appears to go beyond a person’s defensive power.
35. The primary purpose of pre-test interview.
A. Prepare subject for polygraph test
B. Obtain confession
C. Make the subject calm
D. Explain the polygraph test procedures
36. The deviation from normal tracing of the subject in the relevant
A. positive response
B. specific response
C. normal response
37. The study of the effect of the impact of a projectile on the
A. Terminal Ballistics
B. Internal Ballistics
C. External Ballistics
D. Forensic Ballistics
38. The unstable rotating motion of the bullet is called
D. Gyroscopic action
39. The part of the mechanism of a firearm that withdraws the shell
or cartridge from the chamber.
40. The pattern or curved path of the bullet in flight.
41. This refers to the deflection of the bullet from its normal path
after striking a resistant surface.
D. Key hole shot
42. A type of primer with two vents or flash holes.
A. Bordan primer
B. Berdan Primer
C. Baterry Primer
D. Boxer Primer
43. This refers to the helical grooves cut in the interior surface of
44. It refers to the unstable rotating motion of the bullet.
D. Gyproscopic action
45. It is the measurement of the bore diameter from land to land.
B. Mean diameter
46. He is known as the Father of Ballistics.
A. Hans Gross
B. Charles Waite
C. Albert Osborne
D. Calvin Goddard
47. A document in which some issues have been raised or is under
A. Void Document
B. Illegal Document
C. Forged Document
D. Questioned Document
48. The following are characteristics of forgery except one:
A. Presence of Natural Variation
B. Multiple Pen Lifts
C. Show bad quality of ink lines
D. Patchwork Appearance
49. Standards which are prepared upon the request of the
investigator and for the purpose of comparison with the
A. relative standards
B. collected standards
C. extended standards
D. requested standards
50. Any stroke which goes back over another writing stroke.
A. natural variation
51. The name of a person written by him/her in a document as a sign
D. Handwriting Answer: C
52. A kind of document which is executed by a private person
without the intervention of a notary public, or of
competent public official, by which some disposition of
agreement is proved.
A. commercial document
B. official document
C. public document
D. private document Answer: D
53. An instrument that can be legally used in comparison with a
questioned document, its origin is known and can be proven.
A. simulated document
B. forged document
C. standard document
D. compared document Answer: C
54. The process of making out what is illegible or what has been
D. Decipherment Answer: D
55. A document which contains some changes either as an
addition or deletion.
A. inserted document
B. altered document
C. disputed document
D. obliterated document Answer: B
56. A kind of erasure by using a rubber eraser, sharp knife, razor
blade or picking instrument.
A. mechanical erasure
B. electronic erasure
C. magnetic erasure
D. chemical erasure Answer: A
57. It is the periodic increase in pressure, characterized by widening of the ink stroke.
B. pen lift
C. pen emphasis
D. pen pressure Answer: D
58. A kind of document executed by a person in authority and by
private parties but notarized by competent officials.
A. private document
B. commercial document
C. public document
D. official document Answer: C
59. The detection and identification of poisons.
D. Chemistry Answer: C
60. The specimen that is preferably used in the determination of
abused drugs in the body.
C. body fluid
D. urine Answer: D
61. A forensic chemist is tasked to examine the chemical nature and composition of the following except one:
D. Body fluids Answer: A
62. Who qualifies a forensic chemist as expert?
A. defense lawyer
D. the chemist himself/herself Answer: B
63. Methamphetamine hydrochloride is commonly known as
D. “shabu” Answer: D
64. An area surrounding the place where the crime occurred.
A. crime scene
B. police line
C. area of operation
D. area of responsibility Answer: A
65. The body of the crime.
B. body of the victim
D. corpus delicti Answer: D
66. One of the following is a derivative of the opium poppy.
D. nicotine Answer: C
67. Number restoration is necessary in determining whether there is
tampering of serial number in
D. Bank notes Answer: B
68. In forensic examination, a tip of the hair is examined to
determine if it was
D. Cut Answer: D
69. All of the following are accurate tests for the presence of alcohol in the human body except one:
A. Saliva test
B. Harger Breath Test
C. Fecal test
D. Blood test Answer: C
70. The application of chemical principles and processes in the
examination of evidence.
A. Forensic Medicine
B. Forensic Evidence
D. Forensic Chemistry Answer: D
71. Volatile poisons may be isolated by means of this process.
D. Extraction Answer: C
72. The process in reproducing physical evidence by plaster moulds.
D. Sticking Answer: C
73. The test used to determine the presence of semen particularly
in stained clothing.
A. Florence Test
B. Barberio’s Test
C. Microscopic Test
D. Ultra-Violet Test Answer: A
74. The test used to determine the presence of blood in stained
A. Florence Test
B. Barberio’s Test
C. Takayama Test
D. Phenolphtalein Test Answer: C
75. It is the major component of a glass.
D. Gel Answer: C
76. Poisons which produce stupor and less feeling.
D. Stimulants Answer: A
77. A supercooled liquid which possess high viscosity and rigidity.
A. dry ice
B. cartridge case
D. glass Answer: D
78. The study and identification of body fluids.
D. Immunology Answer: B
79. The test to determine whether blood is of human origin or not.
A. Blood typing
B. Precipitin Test
C. Confirmatory Test
D. Preliminary Test Answer: B
80. The circulating tissue of the body.
D. Liver Answer: A
81. The complete, continuous, persistent cessation of respiration,
circulation and almost all brain function of an organism.
A. Apparent death
B. Molecular death
C. Cellular Death
D. Somatic death Answer: D
82. The approximate time for the completion of one case for DNA
A. minimum of eight weeks
B. minimum of six weeks
C. minimum of four weeks
D. minimum of two weeks Answer: C
83. DNA stands for
A. Deonatural Acid
B. Deoxyribonucleic Acid
C. Denaturalized Acid
D. Deoxy Nucleic Acid Answer: B
84. The Geneticist from Great Britain who pioneered DNA testing and fingerprinting.
A. Alec Jeffries
B. Lowell C. Van Berkom
C. William Reynolds
D. Henry Van Dyke Answer: A
85. The cause of death of a person who immediately died because of
lack of oxygen for around 3 to five minutes.
D. Exhaustion Answer: B
86. The most serious burn involving skin, nerves, muscles and bones,
causing death due to loss of fluids and electrolytes in
the body and massive infection.
A. First Degree Burn
B. Second Degree Burn
C. Third Degree Burn
D. Sunburn Answer: C
87. A discoloration of the body after death when the blood tends to
pool in the blood vessels of the most dependent portions
of the body and starts 20 to 30 minutes after death and is
completed by 12 hours.
A. livor mortis
B. primary flaccidity
D. rigor mortis Answer: A
88. A wound which if inflicted in the body so serious that it will
endanger one’s life.
A. mortal wound
C. coup injury
D. superficial wound Answer: A
89. A wound produced by a blunt instrument such as club and stone.
A. incised wound
B. hack wound
C. lacerated wound
D. punctured wound Answer: C
90. A displacement of the articular surface of the bone without
D. Dislocation Answer: D
91. A condition of exposure to cold temperature of certain parts of
the body which produces mechanical disruption of cell structure
characterized by cold stiffening and diminished body.
A. immersion foot
B. trench foot
D. gangrene Answer: C
92. A condition of women who have had one or more sexual
experience but not had conceived a child.
C. moral virginity
D. physical virginity Answer: A
93. Fixed discoloration of the blood clothed inside the blood vessels
or has diffused to different parts of the body.
A. hypostatic lividity
B. diffusion lividity
C. hyper lividity
D. rigor mortis Answer: B
94. Things used by a person in the commission of a crime, or objects
left in a crime scene which are the subjects of criminalistics.
A. testimonial evidence
B. hearsay evidence
C. circumstantial evidence
D. physical evidence Answer: D
95. The science dealing with the motion of a projectile and the
conditions governing that motion.
B. Forensic Ballistics
C. Terminal Ballistics
D. External Ballistics Answer: A
96. The application of medical knowledge in the solution of crimes.
A. Forensic Science
B. Forensic Chemistry
C. Forensic Ballistics
D. Forensic Medicine Answer: D
97. The science or art of obtaining images in scientific materials by
the action of electro magnetic radiation rays.
D. Chemistry Answer: C
98. Instrument used in the measurement of temperature.
D. ananometer Answer: C
99. The scientific detection of deception.
D. Chemistry Answer: A
100. The test conducted to determine the presence of gunpowder
residue in the hands of a suspect.
A. diphenylamine test
B. ultra violet test
C. paraffin test
D. Simon’s Test
Answers: Criminalistics Review Questions