Image: Geena Davis (left) and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma and Louise." Credit: Fotos International/Getty Images
About This QuizDeath in real life is tragic, but in books, plays, movies and so on, it's entertainment. How well-versed are you in some of the most famous fictional deaths throughout history?
From what experience did Louisa May Alcott draw when she wrote the death of Beth in "Little Women"?
Nothing, she made it up.
the sudden death of her best friend
the loss of her own sister
Although Beth is seen as one of the most beloved, selfless characters in all of literature, her death was written in direct contrast to that of Alcott's sister, Lizzie. Lizzie's death, unfortunately, was painful and caused her to be anything but sweet.
What made the death of Marion Crane in "Psycho" really stand out?
the location where she was killed
the point in the movie when she was killed
Everyone remembers this as the infamous "shower scene," but another groundbreaking aspect of Janet Leigh's demise was that the main character was killed midway through the film. This was the first time this was done, and we have Alfred Hitchcock to thank for it.
How was the ending of the "Bonnie and Clyde" film different from the screenplay?
Viewers actually saw the characters die.
The original screenplay called for the criminal couple to die, but that their deaths should not be seen by the viewers. That all changed at some point, and took cinema with it into a new bloodbath-filled era that shocked some critics at the time.
They died in the film, but not in the screenplay.
They were each only shot one time in the screenplay, rather than riddled with bullets.
The death of Black graffiti artist Michael Stewart inspired which film character?
Doughboy from "Boyz n the Hood"
Radio Raheem in "Do the Right Thing"
Stewart was killed by New York City transit police in 1983, and inspired the character of Raheem, whose name is still referenced on the regular by social justice activists.
Bishop in "Juice"
One half of which pair said, "Let's not get caught, let's keep going."
Mickey and Mallory Knox ("Natural Born Killers")
Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield ("Pulp Fiction")
Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer ("Thelma & Louise")
Thelma says they should keep going. The wanted ladies then hold hands as their Thunderbird flies right off the edge of the Grand Canyon, presumably to their deaths. But we're left to imagine they're on some kind of eternal road trip.
In the film "Brokeback Mountain," Jack Twist's wife tells Ennis that he died in what manner?
He was beaten to death.
A tire exploded when he was filling it with air.
Despite Lureen's story, Ennis suspects that Jack was the victim of a homophobic hate crime.
He died in his sleep.
How did the character of Tony Soprano die in the final episode of "The Sopranos" in 2007?
We don't really know.
The show — very famously — blacks out just before the viewers find out Tony Soprano's fate. In 2021, creator David Chase confirmed that he had planned to kill Soprano off.
Which Disney character doesn't lose their mother?
Although Bambi's mother is killed by a hunter and Nemo's mother is killed by a barracuda, Dumbo's mother is spared, even if she does sit for a spell in elephant "jail."
Romeo and Juliet inspired what other famous doomed couple?
Rick and Ilsa in "Casablanca"
Rose and Jack in "Titanic"
Tony and Maria in "West Side Story"
Although it's worth noting that both Romeo and Juliet perish unnecessarily, while only Tony dies in "West Side Story," leaving Maria to grieve him.
The death of the main character in this short story led to the largest outpouring of mail The New Yorker had ever gotten about a piece of fiction.
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
Readers were baffled by the seemingly random death of Tessie in this work by Shirley Jackson. Jackson hoped it would shock readers with its dramatization of "pointless violence" and "general inhumanity." It sure did.
Geena Davis (left) and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma and Louise." Credit: Fotos International/Getty Images