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Behind a Suicide

Though often not openly discussed, individuals are pushed to attempt suicide by internal demons, cultural norms, protest, and other unknown reasons. Here's a quiz on a few methods of suicide. There are reports that 1929 Wall Street brokers used what method of suicide? 1. self-defenestration 2. hanging 3. exsanguination 4. Russian roulette The tales of...

behind every suicide

Though often not openly discussed, individuals are pushed to attempt suicide by internal demons, cultural norms, protest, and other unknown reasons. Here's a quiz on a few methods of suicide.

Which of these ancient Indian methods of suicide were used to motivate the men to battle in instances of certain defeat?

1. Shinjū
2. Prisoner suicide
3. Jauhar
4. Mahasamadhi

If defeat were a certainty, the suicide customs of Juahar and Saka were a way for people to avoid dishonor and capture. The self-immolation of women and children, or Jauhar, would occur when there was no hope of victory. This would motivate the warriors in a fight to the death or Saka.

There are reports that 1929 Wall Street brokers used what method of suicide?

1. self-defenestration
2. hanging
3. exsanguination
4. Russian roulette

The tales of a multitude of Wall Street brokers jumping to their deaths are now classed as an urban legend. Though some folk did suicide, there was no significant increase at the end of October or November. Throwing someone or something from a window is referred to as defenestration.

Someone suffering from a long-term illness with little or no hope of recovery, might determine that they'd rather die. What is it called when the sufferer kills himself or herself with the help of a doctor or family member?

1. Euthanasia
2. Assisted suicide
3. Consensual homicide
4. Final Exit

A terminal or long-term illness can cause feelings of despair and hopelessness. The term "assisted suicide" generally categorizes a death where a family member or medical professional provides the means for suicide. Euthanasia describes the situation where the family member or medical professional is the one to take the patient's life. In 1992, Dell published a book by Derek Humphry named "Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying". The book was written after Humphry assisted in the death of his wife, who was terminally ill from cancer.

Can you identify which of these methods of suicide is often associated with extreme political protest?

1. self-immolation
2. carbon monoxide poisoning
3. drowning
4. Jumping

Self-immolation is the act of killing oneself for political or religious reasons, particularly by burning. It is often used as an extreme form of protest or in acts of martyrdom.

What might be carried to ensure sudden death to evade capture and torture to obtain your knowledge?

1. suicide pill
2. pistol
3. rope
4. hat pin

Suicide pills generally contain a concentration of potassium cyanide. These are not made to be swallowed, rather it is intended that the pill covering is broken by the teeth to speed the poison's dispersal. There are stories of the pills being stored in rings, bracelets, necklaces or other seemingly innocent adornments.

Youth suicides are high in many countries, with a high percentage following the suicide death of someone important in the youth's life. Which of these would NOT be used to describe an increase of suicides inspired by the first?

1. copycat suicide
2. honor suicide
3. suicide contagion
4. Werther effect

The Werther effect, or many suicides following one of someone well-publicized, is named after Goethe's novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther", where the young man kills himself because of unrequited love. A copycat suicide emulates one that the person learns about from personal knowledge, perhaps television or other media. Suicide which spreads through a community, such as a school, is referred to as suicide contagion. An honor suicide generally refers to someone taking their life to restore honor.

What is suicide during old age called?

1. Passing
2. The harmful depart
3. Adieu Papa
4. Elder Suicide

There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides

1. False
2. True

Which of these gambling games can be played solo as a type of suicide?

1. British blackjack
2. Russian roulette
3. Bavarian bingo
4. French baccarat

The term appeared first in the short story "Russian Roulette" by George Surdez, published on January 30, 1937, edition of Collier's magazine. The story included two sequences, one with a gun and five bullets and another when the gun only had one bullet.

Which of these terms describes a soldier performing an extreme sacrifice to save the lives of others?

1. suicide attack
2. defenestration
3. lover's leap
4. falling on a grenade

A soldier falling on a grenade is generally fatal, the giving of his life to save others. This could also be a reference to anyone taking responsibility to protect others.

There are documented instances of soldiers living through the experience, but they are few.

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