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Following are the final laments of people who met untimely or accidental death. Can you identify them?

A multiple-choice quiz by ponycargirl. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
ponycargirl
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
358,051
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
710
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: jwwells (8/10), Guest 136 (4/10), Guest 1 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Why me? I am only eighteen years old! I am pharaoh and a god! I squelched the heresy. Why didn't Ra protect me from harm? Maybe I should have trusted Aton. Why, oh why, did I have to try and show off with that chariot in front of Ankhesenamun? The physicians cannot find a way to heal my leg, and I am fading fast ... Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Why me? I am not a warrior; I am a herald just doing my job. All of this running between Athens and Sparta, and now they want me to run back to Athens. I could not say no, even though I fear I'm on my last lap ... Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Why me? I have done nothing wrong except be born to my parents. So what, if my father will likely go down in history as one of the greatest military leaders and dictators the world has ever known? So what, if my mother was an Egyptian pharaoh? They are both dead now. I am only seventeen; what threat could I possibly pose to the great Octavian? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Why me? And why this way? I have participated in battle after battle, and conquered an entire country. I know I have let myself go; I was on my way to the spa in Rouen. To meet my end because my horse slipped is unacceptable - even for a bastard. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Why me? And why in this foreign land? Did I not help the Englishman?
And change my name to Rebecca after I took their God? "It is enough that my child lives ..."

Answer: (John Smith?)
Question 6 of 10
6. Why me? I'm a smart guy! I will be known eternally for my work with specific gravity, levers and pulleys, and the screw pump. The Romans gave orders that I was not to be harmed. So what if I got a little smart with that soldier? I was busy and they interrupted me ... Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Why me? Dear Diary, I am only fifteen. I had done everything I could to be quiet, and keep myself entertained in that small space. Who told on us? We never found out. My sister and I have been taken to Bergen-Belsen. It is so dirty, and there are so many rats. Now there is a typhus epidemic. . .

Answer: (Two Words)
Question 8 of 10
8. Why me? It must have been written in the stars. I was just being polite. To leave that banquet to relieve myself would have been a serious breach of etiquette. Now I can't "go" much, and when I do, it is very painful. Is this ailment connected to my prosthetic noses? I don't know. What is certain is that I ".... lived like a sage and died like a fool." Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Why me? Why did I get caught up in this intrigue? I never really wanted to be queen. What was Edward thinking when he named me his successor? He should have known that those two half-sisters would be out to get me. "I pray you dispatch me quickly ..." Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Why me? This is just terrible; I so wanted to be the second tsar, but I could not let Father attack my wife without trying to defend her. "I died as a devoted son, and most humble servant ..." Hint



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1. Why me? I am only eighteen years old! I am pharaoh and a god! I squelched the heresy. Why didn't Ra protect me from harm? Maybe I should have trusted Aton. Why, oh why, did I have to try and show off with that chariot in front of Ankhesenamun? The physicians cannot find a way to heal my leg, and I am fading fast ...

Answer: Tutankamun

Tutankamun became king of Egypt at a very difficult time. His predecessor, Ikhnaton, also known as "the heretic", tried to turn Egypt into a monotheistic state under the protection of the god Aton. Tut was so young when he became pharaoh (no one really knows what happened to Ikhnaton), that it is probably realistic to imagine that his advisers pushed for the return to the old religion.

In 2010, a two-year study of Tut's mummy revealed that he had a club foot and a cleft palate, and that his cause of death was probably due to a leg injury "complicated by bone disease and bouts of malaria." Zahi Hawass,of the Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), says that Tut was likely a "frail king who needed canes to walk."
2. Why me? I am not a warrior; I am a herald just doing my job. All of this running between Athens and Sparta, and now they want me to run back to Athens. I could not say no, even though I fear I'm on my last lap ...

Answer: Pheidippides

Two days prior to the Battle of Marathon, Pheidippides ran one hundred fifty miles from Athens to Sparta to request help against the Persians. When the Greeks won this great battle - against all odds - Pheidippides was asked to run twenty-six more miles to tell the Athenians of the victory. He gave the news then collapsed and died. The Marathon race is run in his honor.
3. Why me? I have done nothing wrong except be born to my parents. So what, if my father will likely go down in history as one of the greatest military leaders and dictators the world has ever known? So what, if my mother was an Egyptian pharaoh? They are both dead now. I am only seventeen; what threat could I possibly pose to the great Octavian?

Answer: Caesarion

Well, being a son (anyway, that is what Cleopatra said) trumps being a great-nephew and adopted son any day of the week. Anyone would have felt threatened by Julius Caesar's only living heir. Little is know about his death, and technically, no one is really sure that it was ordered by Octavian.

However, it makes sense that it would have happened that way. Heir to his mother's title, he died eleven days after her death. Popular opinion states that Caesarion died by strangulation. Dynastic rule in Egypt ended and it became part of the Roman Empire.
4. Why me? And why this way? I have participated in battle after battle, and conquered an entire country. I know I have let myself go; I was on my way to the spa in Rouen. To meet my end because my horse slipped is unacceptable - even for a bastard.

Answer: William I of England

William the Bastard, William of Normandy, William I, William the Conqueror went down in history as the Norman invader of England, but he was so much more. He established the King's Council, a group of permanent royal advisers, which paved way for the Parliament.

He began a system of feudalism in England, which differed from that used on the Continent because all lords had to take the Salisbury Oath of fealty to William, giving him their primary allegiance. He took over control of the church; it was a good thing the pope was busy elsewhere at the time.

In time the battle-seasoned soldier also got heavy, and people really made fun of that. William decided to travel to Rouen for health treatments. On his way there, he sacked and burned the town of Mantes.

His horse stepped on a burning cinder; this movement threw William into his steel pommel, which impaled him. He died in agony five weeks later.
5. Why me? And why in this foreign land? Did I not help the Englishman? And change my name to Rebecca after I took their God? "It is enough that my child lives ..."

Answer: Pocahontas

Lady Rebecca Rolfe died of unknown causes at the age of twenty-two. She and her husband had traveled to England, and were on their way home when she became ill. Was it smallpox, pneumonia, or tuberculosis? Some people even say she might have been poisoned. Lady Rebecca did have one child, Thomas, and there are many present-day living descendents, Nancy Reagan, for example, who can trace their lineage to either Pocahontas or her father, Powhaten.
6. Why me? I'm a smart guy! I will be known eternally for my work with specific gravity, levers and pulleys, and the screw pump. The Romans gave orders that I was not to be harmed. So what if I got a little smart with that soldier? I was busy and they interrupted me ...

Answer: Archimedes

The Romans had been laying siege to Syracuse for two years during the Second Punic War! Both Greek and Roman historians report that during this time Archimedes invented a sort of "death ray" to set fire to the Roman ships in the harbor. General Marcellus viewed Archimedes as a valuable asset - one he wanted alive. One of Plutarch's accounts of his death is that he told the soldier that he had to finish working the problem before he could meet the general. Enraged, the soldier killed him on the spot.
7. Why me? Dear Diary, I am only fifteen. I had done everything I could to be quiet, and keep myself entertained in that small space. Who told on us? We never found out. My sister and I have been taken to Bergen-Belsen. It is so dirty, and there are so many rats. Now there is a typhus epidemic. . .

Answer: Anne Frank

Anne and Margot Frank and their mother, Edith, were sent to Auschwitz, where they were separated from Mr. Frank. Anne and Margot were subsequently taken to Bergen-Belsen, leaving their mother, Edith behind. She had been giving the girls all her food, and eventually died from starvation. Anne and Margot both died just 3-4 weeks before Bergen-Belsen was liberated at the end of the war.

Their father, Otto Frank, survived the war and became the driving force behind the publication of the now-famous diary.
8. Why me? It must have been written in the stars. I was just being polite. To leave that banquet to relieve myself would have been a serious breach of etiquette. Now I can't "go" much, and when I do, it is very painful. Is this ailment connected to my prosthetic noses? I don't know. What is certain is that I ".... lived like a sage and died like a fool."

Answer: Tycho Brahe

The doctor who attended the great astronomer, Tycho Brahe, believed his urinary problems were caused by a kidney stone. However, when the body was exhumed for an autopsy in 1901, no kidney stones were found. Modern doctors feel it is likely that the cause of death was kidney failure.

However, some theorize the cause of death might have been connected with the prosthetic noses (he lost the tip of his nose in a duel when he was twenty years old) he made and the materials he used to form them.
9. Why me? Why did I get caught up in this intrigue? I never really wanted to be queen. What was Edward thinking when he named me his successor? He should have known that those two half-sisters would be out to get me. "I pray you dispatch me quickly ..."

Answer: Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey, The Nine Days' Queen, was only seventeen when she died. She was married to the son of Edward's chief minister, John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland. Perhaps in a weakened state it was easy for the Duke to persuade Edward to alter his father's succession plans.

However, it led to the execution of several people (including the Duke and his son) once Mary (Bloody Mary) was able to rally support and denounce Jane. Poor Jane was to "be burned alive on Tower Hill or beheaded as the Queen pleases." Many viewed her as one of many Protestant martyrs.
10. Why me? This is just terrible; I so wanted to be the second tsar, but I could not let Father attack my wife without trying to defend her. "I died as a devoted son, and most humble servant ..."

Answer: Ivan Ivanovitch

Ivan the Terrible had sent his son's first two wives to convents because they did not produce heirs. His attack on Yelena, the third wife, led to her subsequent miscarriage. Along with this incident, father and son weren't seeing eye-to-eye on the running of the country, and tempers were short. The Tsarevich was hit on the head with his father's scepter, and died a few days later.
Source: Author ponycargirl

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