Quiz about Not First Place Not Second Place But Dead Last
Quiz about Not First Place Not Second Place But Dead Last

Not First Place, Not Second Place, But Dead Last Quiz


We all remember the first man to walk on the moon, but who was the last? Do you remember the last time these never-to-be repeated events happened?

A multiple-choice quiz by Czolgolz. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Czolgolz
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,373
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
878
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. In the year 404 AD, what happened in Rome for the last time? Hint

The last official gladiatorial games
The last crucifixion of condemned criminals
The last chariot races at the Circus Maximus
The last Christian was martyred for their faith

2. In 1662 a shipwrecked sailor reported the last sighting of a dodo bird. On which island did these birds once thrive? Hint

Mauritius
Reunion
Madagascar
Mahe

3. Juan Antonio Llorente was the last man to hold which post, in 1834? Hint

Food taster for a European monarch (Portugal)
Cardinal of New Spain (Mexico)
Secretary of the Spanish Inquisition
Astrologer to the Pope

4. What was the last battle to be held on mainland United States soil? Hint

Wounded Knee
Little Big Horn
Appomattox Courthouse
Three Rivers

5. In the year 1582 Pope Gregory XIII declared that the calendars would all switch forward ten days. What was the last Western nation to adopt the Gregorian calendar? Hint

Greece
Portugal
Russia
Norway

6. In 1936, Rainey Bethea was executed in Kentucky. He was the last American to be what? Hint

Executed for something other than murder
Executed by hanging
Publicly executed
Executed by the electric chair

7. In what decade was the last person guillotined in France? Hint

1970s
1930s
1950s
1890s

8. On February 6, 1989, Chris Gueffroy became the last person to do what? Hint

Have his remains returned from Vietnam
Die of smallpox
Be arrested as a Soviet spy
Be fatally shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall

9. In 2008 Franz Künstler died. Künstler was the last known veteran of the Central Powers forces in World War I. Which country did he fight for? Hint

Bulgaria
Turkey (Ottoman Empire)
Austria-Hungary
Germany

10. In 2009, Millvina Dean died at the age of 97. She was the last survivor of which disaster? Hint

The Hindenburg fire (1937)
The sinking of the Titanic (1912)
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (1911)
The San Francisco earthquake (1906)


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In the year 404 AD, what happened in Rome for the last time?

Answer: The last official gladiatorial games

In 404 AD a monk jumped into the Colosseum to separate the two gladiators and was stoned to death by the crowd. Emperor Honorius then banned the games, though they continued illegally outside of Rome. Criminals still were condemned to death by combat. The last recorded animal games were in the year 523.
2. In 1662 a shipwrecked sailor reported the last sighting of a dodo bird. On which island did these birds once thrive?

Answer: Mauritius

The Dutch were the first people to see the flightless bird in 1581. Around a hundred years later, the dodo, which had no real natural enemies, was extinct. Human encroachment, rats, dogs, and loss of habitat contributed to the death of the species.
3. Juan Antonio Llorente was the last man to hold which post, in 1834?

Answer: Secretary of the Spanish Inquisition

The notorious Spanish Inquisition was established in 1478. Queen Isabel II of Spain abolished the Inquisition in 1834.
4. What was the last battle to be held on mainland United States soil?

Answer: Wounded Knee

In late December, 1890, a group of Sioux were forced to relocated to a camp at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. When the US cavalry attempted to confiscate the Indians' weapons, a shot was fired, which culminated in the death of twenty-five cavalrymen and 200 Sioux men, women, and children. Chief Big Foot was the last Indian Chief to die in battle.

This battle marked the end of the Indian Wars.
5. In the year 1582 Pope Gregory XIII declared that the calendars would all switch forward ten days. What was the last Western nation to adopt the Gregorian calendar?

Answer: Greece

The Julian calendar of the Romans took into account leap days. However, they did not realize that the earth's orbit actually takes an extra 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds. By the 16th century, that extra time had knocked the spring equinox off by ten days. Pope Gregory decreed that the calendars all be moved forward, and that century years not be leap years unless they were divisible by 400.

Some nations switched immediately, but Protestant and Orthodox countries resisted. Some populations rioted, claiming they'd been robbed of ten days. For centuries, nations operated on two different calendars.

It was not until after the first World War that the last Western nation, Greece, changed over in 1923.
6. In 1936, Rainey Bethea was executed in Kentucky. He was the last American to be what?

Answer: Publicly executed

Bethea was hanged in 1936 for murder. The sheriff at the time was a woman, and reporters added lurid and untrue details about the execution. The hangman was actually drunk and had to be assisted. This spectacle led to the end to public executions in the United States.

Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, three Americans have faced the firing squad and three have been hanged. As of 2010, all capital punishment in the US is by lethal injection, though in some states the prisoner has the option of choosing the electric chair, the gas chamber, the firing squad, or hanging.

John A. Bennett, who was hanged by the US military in 1961 for rape and attempted murder, was the last American to be executed for a crime other than murder.
7. In what decade was the last person guillotined in France?

Answer: 1970s

Torturer and murderer Hamida Djandoubi became the last person to be guillotined in France (or anywhere else) in 1977. France abolished the death penalty in 1981.

Beheading by sword is still an official method of execution in some nations, such as Saudi Arabia.
8. On February 6, 1989, Chris Gueffroy became the last person to do what?

Answer: Be fatally shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall

Gueffroy was fatally shot ten times trying to cross into West Berlin. His companion, Christian Gaudian, was also shot, but survived. In March of that year, Winfried Freudenberg died when his improvised balloon aircraft crashed during an escape attempt. He was the last person to die while attempting to cross. In November of 1989 the border between East and West Berlin was opened.
9. In 2008 Franz Künstler died. Künstler was the last known veteran of the Central Powers forces in World War I. Which country did he fight for?

Answer: Austria-Hungary

Künstler was born in Hungary in 1900 and saw action in both World Wars. In 1946 obtained German citizenship. Künstler died in 2008 at the age of 107.
10. In 2009, Millvina Dean died at the age of 97. She was the last survivor of which disaster?

Answer: The sinking of the Titanic (1912)

At the age of nine weeks, Dean was the youngest survivor, and the youngest passenger on board the ship. Her parents were from London and planned to move to Kansas. Dean's brother and mother also survived, but her father drowned. The family later returned to England.
Source: Author Czolgolz

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