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Quiz about Death and All His Friends
Quiz about Death and All His Friends

Death and All His Friends Trivia Quiz


We all know about the phenomenon of death, but what if death was personified? Here are ten examples of the personification of death in literature, film, television, and video games. How many can you identify?

A multiple-choice quiz by eburge. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
eburge
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
325,894
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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541
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Question 1 of 10
1. Death is personified in a book written by Australian author Markus Zusak in 2005. In this unique story, Death is the narrator. What is the name of this novel? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Keeping with the literature theme, Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series famously features Death in many of the novels. In which of these novels does the personification of Death NOT appear? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Neil Gaiman, a prominent figure in the fantasy world, portrays Death as a young goth woman in which comic book series? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The character of Antonius Block meets Death in the 1957 film, "Det sjunde inseglet" ("The Seventh Seal"). Which game do Antonius and Death play? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Another film with a personification of Death is 1934's "Death Takes a Holiday". Which of these films is a remake of "Death Takes a Holiday"? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Turning to the world of television now, Death is personified in the animated series "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy". Paying homage to "The Seventh Seal", which game do Billy and Mandy challenge the Grim Reaper to? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Death is personified in an episode of the British science fiction series "Torchwood", entitled "Dead Man Walking". Which "Torchwood" character fights Death towards the end of the episode? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Having covered literature, film and television, it's time now to look at another form of entertainment: video games. Games feature many deaths, but which of these games actually personifies Death as a particularly difficult boss? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Players create characters and direct their lives in the popular video game series "The Sims". When a character dies, Death will appear to take them away. Which company developed this series? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Finally, we reach a rather humorous personification of Death, who calls himself Gregg. In which of Rare's video games will you find Gregg the Grim Reaper? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Death is personified in a book written by Australian author Markus Zusak in 2005. In this unique story, Death is the narrator. What is the name of this novel?

Answer: The Book Thief

"The Book Thief" tells the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger, who is forced to live with a foster family after her mother gives her and her brother up for adoption. Liesel's brother, Werner, dies on the train journey to Munich, and Liesel is left to live alone with her new foster parents, to whom she warms to over time.

The story takes place before and also during World War II, and is told from the point of view of Death, who doesn't like the sheer amount of brutality that goes on during that time. Death is afraid of humans, but must collect the dead because he is the only one who can do that job. "The Book Thief" was on the 'New York Times' Children's Bestseller list for 105 weeks.
2. Keeping with the literature theme, Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series famously features Death in many of the novels. In which of these novels does the personification of Death NOT appear?

Answer: The Wee Free Men

Death, in the "Discworld" series, performs the job that he is known for - guiding souls from this world to the next. As with many other depictions of Death, he is a skeletal figure dressed in black robes with a scythe. His interest in humanity is what influence him to create a house for himself, and even attempt to play the banjo.

This particular form of Death appears frequently in the "Discworld" novels, but usually only has a few lines of dialogue at most.
3. Neil Gaiman, a prominent figure in the fantasy world, portrays Death as a young goth woman in which comic book series?

Answer: The Sandman

"The Sandman" comic book series revolves around a group of seven beings, known as The Endless, who are personifications of various universal concepts. Death is one, with Destiny, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium being the other six. The Death portrayed in this series is different to that of usual depictions of Death. For starters, Death is a woman dressed in normal human clothing, not a thin, skeletal man draped in black robes.

She possesses a friendly attitude and a good nature, a quality that has established her as one of the most popular of the characters in the series.
4. The character of Antonius Block meets Death in the 1957 film, "Det sjunde inseglet" ("The Seventh Seal"). Which game do Antonius and Death play?

Answer: Chess

Widely considered as a classic of the film world, Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" is a Swedish film about a knight who returns to his homeland after a crusade to find his country devastated by the Black Death. Death appears to Antonius Block, the main character, and has come to take his life. Block challenges Death to a game of chess - a scene that has become one of the most recognisable in the world.

The personification of Death in this film is perhaps one of the most iconic - and parodied - in the industry.

A pale, tall figure dressed in black robes represents Death in this.
5. Another film with a personification of Death is 1934's "Death Takes a Holiday". Which of these films is a remake of "Death Takes a Holiday"?

Answer: Meet Joe Black

Fredric March portrays Death in "Death Takes a Holiday", a film in which Death takes on the form of a human and ingratiates himself in human society in the hopes of discovering why people fear him. Perhaps the most recognisable of the remakes is 1998's "Meet Joe Black", with Brad Pitt in the lead role, supported by Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani, garnering positive reviews.
6. Turning to the world of television now, Death is personified in the animated series "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy". Paying homage to "The Seventh Seal", which game do Billy and Mandy challenge the Grim Reaper to?

Answer: Limbo

Starting in 2001 on the American television channel Cartoon Network, "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" focuses on two children, namely Billy and Mandy, who challenge the Grim Reaper to a game of Limbo (which conveniently takes place in Limbo) when they refuse to let the Grim Reaper take the soul of their elderly hamster.

He loses and is forced to be Billy and Mandy's best friend for eternity. The show ran for 6 years before it ended in 2007.
7. Death is personified in an episode of the British science fiction series "Torchwood", entitled "Dead Man Walking". Which "Torchwood" character fights Death towards the end of the episode?

Answer: Owen Harper

At the end of the previous episode, "Reset", Owen Cooper is shot and subsequently dies. In "Dead Man Walking", Captain Jack Harkness attempts to temporarily resurrect Owen using a resurrection gauntlet so the Torchwood team can say goodbye. However, something goes wrong, and Owen is brought back permanently from the dead, but he is not alive. Death comes into the world, and seeks to consume thirteen souls to enable him to remain in the world. Owen, being dead, fights Death and consumes his energy, sending this personification of Death back into the darkness.
8. Having covered literature, film and television, it's time now to look at another form of entertainment: video games. Games feature many deaths, but which of these games actually personifies Death as a particularly difficult boss?

Answer: Castlevania

In the first "Castlevania" game, which was first released in 1986 for the Famicom Disk System, the final boss of the game is Dracula. The Grim Reaper is the second last boss, and is depicted as Dracula's right hand man, his second in command. Fans of the game will know that the fight with the Grim Reaper is quite difficult.

The Grim Reaper appears in other games in the series, again as one of Dracula's minions.
9. Players create characters and direct their lives in the popular video game series "The Sims". When a character dies, Death will appear to take them away. Which company developed this series?

Answer: Maxis

Arguably one of the most successful video game franchises in the world, "The Sims" is a simulation game in which you can create a group of people and choose how they live their lives. The basis of the series revolves around building and furnishing houses, interacting with friends and neighbours and visiting other areas of the world with the expansion packs.

The actions you make your characters perform determine their fates. Should a Sim die, Death, clad in black as per tradition, will appear to take their soul. An urn will replace the body and other characters will mourn the death.
10. Finally, we reach a rather humorous personification of Death, who calls himself Gregg. In which of Rare's video games will you find Gregg the Grim Reaper?

Answer: Conker's Bad Fur Day

"Conker's Bad Fur Day", a 2001 title for the Nintendo 64, is perhaps one of the more controversial video games to have been developed. The game focuses on Conker, a red squirrel, who, after a night of binge drinking, just wants to get home to his girlfriend.

However, his day goes from bad to worse as he finds himself in a variety of dangerous, macabre and unsavoury situations. The game is known for its humour and frequent use of bad language. Although it was not a huge seller for Rare, it has gained a cult following.
Source: Author eburge

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