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Quiz about How to Defend Yourself Against a Mythical Beast
Quiz about How to Defend Yourself Against a Mythical Beast

How to Defend Yourself Against a Mythical Beast Quiz


Picture the scene: you're walking home late at night, when a terrible monster - one you believed didn't even exist - attacks you! Fear not! This handy guide will help you survive!

A multiple-choice quiz by deus_ex. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
deus_ex
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
282,826
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Top 10% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. We'll start with the most famous of all mythical creatures - dragons. Dragons feature in mythology all over the world, and sometimes details of how they behave and what they look like do vary. But what would be the most sensible item to have at your disposal, if you should ever encounter a ferocious dragon? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. From one terrible lizard to another, the next mythical beast is a basilisk. There are three distinct variations of this monster. Some say it a large, multi-limbed lizard; some say it is a giant cockerel, with the tail and teeth of a serpent; and some say it is a huge serpent. There is one point they all agree on, however. If you should ever run across a basilisk, what is the most important thing to remember? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. It's true that the terrible beasts listed here are incredibly dangerous. However, a monster doesn't need sharp teeth and flaming breath to pose a threat. Zombies are, basically, humans that have died. Unfortunately, the fact that they are dead doesn't seem to bother them. Zombies are perhaps less dangerous than some other creatures, as they tend to move very slowly. However, they normally attack in large numbers. Zombies have featured in many horror stories, so chances are, you might run into a group of them. If you do, what is accepted as the quickest, most effective way of "killing" a zombie (if you can kill something that is already dead)? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. You're walking along, when suddenly, you meet a creature with the head of a person and the body of a lion. It's a sphinx! There is only one way to get past a sphinx. She will ask you a riddle. If you get it right, you may pass unscathed. Get it wrong... and you're dead! Ready for the riddle? The sphinx asks you, "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?" Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Okay, perhaps you like to think you could handle anything you came across. But for this next monster, I really must advise that you run! This monstrous creature has three heads - one of a lion, one of a goat, and one of a dragon. This is the chimaera, a frightening beast that breathes fire and is incredibly dangerous! Only one man has ever been known to defeat a chimaera - the hero Bellerophon. So if the worst comes to the worst, and you have to fight it, just remember what Bellerophon did. What did he do? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Of all the mythical beings, the one that has appeared most in fiction is probably the vampire. Essentially human in appearance, vampires usually wait for the victim to fall asleep, and then bite their neck, draining their blood. You can spot a vampire by various methods: they usually have pale skin; they have unusually pointed canine teeth; they have a penchant for black clothing; and they have no reflection in the mirror. So if you're sure you've found a vampire, you may well panic. There's no need - there are a wide array of ways to deal with the problem. Which of these has NOT proven to be effective against vampires? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In order to get away from all these horrible monsters, perhaps you should visit Ireland. When you are there, you might get lucky and encounter a leprechaun. These mischievous creatures are not particularly dangerous, but if you handle the situation correctly, you could find yourself a lot richer! Leprechauns are believed to possess a pot of gold, and you can find it if you ask! But they will of course try and trick you. If you're determined to get the gold, what must you bear in mind? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. You're out sailing, when all of a sudden, you find yourself in a thick fog. Just then, a wondrous song drifts across the water. Immediately, you are entranced. Perhaps the singer knows how to get out of the fog? What do you think you should do? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Should you ever find yourself in Ancient Greece, there are a whole host of terrible creatures to watch out for. One of the deadliest is the Hydra. This giant serpent-headed monster is particularly difficult to kill. My advice is: run! However, if you're determined to fight it, what must you bear in mind? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. We're going to finish with my personal favourite. These final mythical creatures are lycanthropes - more commonly known as werewolves. Normally seen as vicious beasts, the advantage is, you usually only encounter them during a full moon. If you do have the misfortune to run across one, what should you make sure your gun is loaded with? Hint



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1. We'll start with the most famous of all mythical creatures - dragons. Dragons feature in mythology all over the world, and sometimes details of how they behave and what they look like do vary. But what would be the most sensible item to have at your disposal, if you should ever encounter a ferocious dragon?

Answer: A fireproof suit

Various mythologies depict dragons, or wyrms, in various ways. Some breathe ice, or even acid. However, the most common variant is known to breathe fire, and so a flameproof suit would help considerably. Garlic and holy symbols are for warding off vampires, and the only use a spade would have would be to dig your own grave! As for actually killing the dragon, it's better to run and hide - their skin is usually so thick that it acts like armour. Of course, this assumes the dragon you have met is the classic version.

Others may not pose such a problem. The Chinese Combat Dragon, for example, was supposed to be the size of a thimble - so it probably wouldn't have caused you much trouble!
2. From one terrible lizard to another, the next mythical beast is a basilisk. There are three distinct variations of this monster. Some say it a large, multi-limbed lizard; some say it is a giant cockerel, with the tail and teeth of a serpent; and some say it is a huge serpent. There is one point they all agree on, however. If you should ever run across a basilisk, what is the most important thing to remember?

Answer: Do not look it in the eye

Basilisks are known for having a killing gaze - anyone who meets its eye will be struck dead. Thus, should you ever encounter one, please remember to shut your eyes. Of course, then you won't know where it is, and it will eat you. The best way to overcome this problem is to find a place to hide, and keep very quiet. Hopefully the monster will go away.

The basilisk has recently been brought to the attention of the general public in the second "Harry Potter" novel, which featured the serpent version of the basilisk.
3. It's true that the terrible beasts listed here are incredibly dangerous. However, a monster doesn't need sharp teeth and flaming breath to pose a threat. Zombies are, basically, humans that have died. Unfortunately, the fact that they are dead doesn't seem to bother them. Zombies are perhaps less dangerous than some other creatures, as they tend to move very slowly. However, they normally attack in large numbers. Zombies have featured in many horror stories, so chances are, you might run into a group of them. If you do, what is accepted as the quickest, most effective way of "killing" a zombie (if you can kill something that is already dead)?

Answer: Shoot them in the head

More or less the only way to dispatch a zombie is to cause massive trauma to the brain, since the basic motor functions are all that is keeping it moving. So either shoot them, whack them over the head, or decapitate them. Poison can't affect something that is already dead, and while zombies burn, it doesn't stop them; rather, it makes your situation worse, as you now have a burning zombie, rather than just a zombie. Zombies don't let the fact that they are dead stand in their way, so it's unlikely they'll notice if you remove one of their arms or legs - they're extremely tenacious and will continue to crawl after you.
4. You're walking along, when suddenly, you meet a creature with the head of a person and the body of a lion. It's a sphinx! There is only one way to get past a sphinx. She will ask you a riddle. If you get it right, you may pass unscathed. Get it wrong... and you're dead! Ready for the riddle? The sphinx asks you, "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?"

Answer: Man

The answer is Man. Man, when he is born ("morning"), crawls on four legs. In the middle of his life ("noon") he walks on two legs. As he nears the end of his life ("evening"), he requires a walking stick, and so walks on three legs. Many people failed to answer the riddle of the sphinx, and so were devoured by her.

However, when Oedipus encountered it, he answered correctly. The sphinx was forced to throw herself off a high rock, killing herself.
5. Okay, perhaps you like to think you could handle anything you came across. But for this next monster, I really must advise that you run! This monstrous creature has three heads - one of a lion, one of a goat, and one of a dragon. This is the chimaera, a frightening beast that breathes fire and is incredibly dangerous! Only one man has ever been known to defeat a chimaera - the hero Bellerophon. So if the worst comes to the worst, and you have to fight it, just remember what Bellerophon did. What did he do?

Answer: Attacked it from the air

Given the number of heads the thing has, I doubt you could creep up on it. And I don't think you would have time to dig a hole. Dragging it into the sea would probably be a heck of a job, too. No, Bellerophon worked out the best way to combat it was from the air. With the aid of Pegasus, the flying horse, he kept out of the range of the Chimaera's breath.

This was how he managed to slay the terrible beast. In my opinion, unless you have a flying horse at your disposal, if you encounter one of these, RUN!
6. Of all the mythical beings, the one that has appeared most in fiction is probably the vampire. Essentially human in appearance, vampires usually wait for the victim to fall asleep, and then bite their neck, draining their blood. You can spot a vampire by various methods: they usually have pale skin; they have unusually pointed canine teeth; they have a penchant for black clothing; and they have no reflection in the mirror. So if you're sure you've found a vampire, you may well panic. There's no need - there are a wide array of ways to deal with the problem. Which of these has NOT proven to be effective against vampires?

Answer: Reciting the Lord's Prayer backwards

Reciting the Lord's Prayer backwards is associated with witches, and has nothing to do with vampires. All of the others will harm vampires, especially sunlight. However, vampires are notoriously hard to kill, and may rise from the grave if you're not careful. The most famous of all the vampires, of course, is Count Dracula.
7. In order to get away from all these horrible monsters, perhaps you should visit Ireland. When you are there, you might get lucky and encounter a leprechaun. These mischievous creatures are not particularly dangerous, but if you handle the situation correctly, you could find yourself a lot richer! Leprechauns are believed to possess a pot of gold, and you can find it if you ask! But they will of course try and trick you. If you're determined to get the gold, what must you bear in mind?

Answer: Never take your eyes off them

Leprechauns will try to escape at a moment's notice. The instant you take your eyes off one, it will disappear. So keep your eyes on it! Also, it will try and trick you, so be very careful how you handle the situation. Don't trust them if you can avoid it! Still, you should take this as a welcome respite from all the ferocious beasts we've encountered so far.
8. You're out sailing, when all of a sudden, you find yourself in a thick fog. Just then, a wondrous song drifts across the water. Immediately, you are entranced. Perhaps the singer knows how to get out of the fog? What do you think you should do?

Answer: Get away from the sound immediately

You should get as far away as possible. The person singing is more than likely to be a siren. Sirens are beautiful women whose chief aim is the lure unwary sailors to their doom. These are to be avoided at all costs.
9. Should you ever find yourself in Ancient Greece, there are a whole host of terrible creatures to watch out for. One of the deadliest is the Hydra. This giant serpent-headed monster is particularly difficult to kill. My advice is: run! However, if you're determined to fight it, what must you bear in mind?

Answer: All of these

The Hydra was one of the Labours of Heracles. He overcame the poisonous breath problem by wrapping a cloth around his mouth and nose. However, actually killing the beast proved very difficult, as every time he cut one of its heads off, another two grew back. Finally, with the help of his nephew Iolaus, he managed to win. What he did was, every time he cut a head off, he immediately burned the stump with a flaming torch (although some sources say he used the creature's own venomous blood), thus preventing any new heads from growing.

The Hydra also has one immortal head - Heracles overcame this by trapping the last head under a rock. He also dipped his arrows in the Hydra's blood, making them much deadlier. These arrows eventually helped kill the centaur Nessus.
10. We're going to finish with my personal favourite. These final mythical creatures are lycanthropes - more commonly known as werewolves. Normally seen as vicious beasts, the advantage is, you usually only encounter them during a full moon. If you do have the misfortune to run across one, what should you make sure your gun is loaded with?

Answer: Silver bullets

Silver is the best defence against a werewolf. Silver, contrary to what some believe, does not actually itself kill the werewolf. Rather, it weakens the werewolf sufficiently that it can be killed by more conventional means. Unfortunately, silver is quite hard to come by. My advice is, don't venture outside if it's a full moon.

And that's it! You now should be prepared for anything! So check you've got your fireproof suit, holy water and silver bullets, and off you go! But be careful. You never know what you might find out there...
Source: Author deus_ex

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