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Seamus Heaney's last words - "Noli timere," Latin for "Don't be afraid" - came in a text message to his wife, it was revealed at the poet's funeral this week. Test yourself on other famous last words.
1.) Multiple Choice Question
Whose last words were reportedly: "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis"?
- Raymond Chandler
- Humphrey Bogart
- Ernest Hemingway
2.) Multiple Choice Question
"I must go in, for the fog is rising," were the last words of which writer?
- Emily Dickinson
- Mary Shelley
- Edith Sitwell
3.) Multiple Choice Question
"Rosebud" was the final word uttered by one of the central characters in which film?
- The Great Gatsby
- Citizen Kane
- The Third Man
4.) Multiple Choice Question
"Last words are for fools who haven't said enough," said who?
- Karl Marx
- Mark Antony - or Marcus Antonius
- Groucho Marx
5.) Multiple Choice Question
In which film are a computer's last words before it goes silent lines from the song Daisy Bell (Daisy, Daisy)?
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner
- The Terminator
6.) Missing Word Question
Harlot, yes. But * NEVER!"
7.) Multiple Choice Question
According to Suetonius, the Roman Emperor Vespasian ended his life with a wry joke. What was it?
- "Oh! I think I'm becoming a god"
- "I'm off to rejoin the plebs"
- "I shouldn't have had that last oyster"
- It's Humphrey Bogart, who died in 1957. In 1950, he proclaimed: "The whole world is three drinks behind. If everyone in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble."
- It was Emily Dickinson, who lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life.
- It was Citizen Kane. Orson Welles's masterpiece tells the story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a series of flashbacks. A reporter is intrigued by the dying Kane's last word.
- It was Karl Marx. Reportedly he told his cleaner to go away when she asked him if he wanted any last words to be recorded.
- It's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The song is sung by the computer Hal 9000 when he is being shut down. He then plays a recorded message from Mission Control which reveals the details of the mission to Jupiter.
- It was traitor. Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan Margaretha Geertruida Zelle - aka Mata Hari - was arrested in 1917 and put on trial for espionage. She was executed and these are reported to have been her last words.
- It was the god line. Vespasian was making a reference to the Roman tendency to deify their emperors after their death.
0 - 3 : Plebeian
4 - 5 : Senator
6 - 7 : Emperor
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