Don't fear the reaper, says the iconic song by Blue Oyster Cult. But isn't it a little difficult not to fear a dark-cloaked man who roams around with a scythe and an hourglass? The Grim Reaper is a personification of death that has been invented and refined over the years to help humans make sense of their own mortality. How much do you know about your own mortality? You can't cheat death, and you can't cheat on this quiz about death, either. So sharpen your scythe and get started.
Question 1 of 10
What causes a death rattle?
Question 2 of 10
Which of the following is not one of the top five causes of death in high-income countries?
Question 3 of 10
How long can the brain survive after the heart stops beating?
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Do hair and fingernails continue to grow after death?
Question 5 of 10
Psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined grief as a progression through five distinct stages. What's the correct order for these stages?
Question 6 of 10
What is algor mortis?
Question 7 of 10
What is Balfour's test?
Question 8 of 10
Which medical school wrote the standard definition of death in 1968?
Question 9 of 10
Who portrayed Death in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal"?
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