Do You Have What It Takes To Get A Head?

Developed by: Shiva Rodriguez

Executioners have to have a good knowledge about death-dealing in order to be successful in their careers. Do you have what it takes to be a Master Headsman?

  • 1
    The fastest way to remove a head without causing the condemned too much suffering is…
    The fastest way to remove a head without causing the condemned too much suffering is…
    An axe.
    A sword.
    A guillotine or similar decapitation device.
  • 2
    You have to decapitate a criminal with a sword. Which method of victim placement do you prefer?
    You have to decapitate a criminal with a sword. Which method of victim placement do you prefer?
    Victim is kneeling.
    Victim is standing.
    Victim is sitting in a chair.
  • 3
    The condemned woman has just handed you a piece of jewelry. What do you do with it?
    The condemned woman has just handed you a piece of jewelry. What do you do with it?
    Give it to her children after the execution. It’s an heirloom that the guards didn’t steal.
    Keep it. It’s a bribe for me to do my job quickly.
    Attach it to the body after the execution. She doesn’t want it to get bloody.
  • 4
    The condemned criminal refuses to lay his head on the block! What do you do?
    The condemned criminal refuses to lay his head on the block! What do you do?
    Nothing. He has to grow tired sometime. I can wait it out.
    Chase him around the block and whack at him with my weapon until he succumbs.
    Call for my assistants to restrain him while I chop his head off at the first opportunity.
  • 5
    Who is your role model?
    Who is your role model?
    Jack Ketch
    John Thrift
    Charles-Henri Sanson
  • 6
    What height of block do you prefer for beheadings by axe?
    What height of block do you prefer for beheadings by axe?
    About 10 inches
    I don't use blocks.
    About 24 inches
  • 7
    You’ve been told to “draw and quarter” a criminal. What do you do?
    You’ve been told to “draw and quarter” a criminal. What do you do?
    Tie his limbs to four horses and send the horses running in different directions.
    Disembowel him and then cut his body into large pieces.
    Sketch his portrait and put him in their prison cell.
  • 8
    What sort of head gear do you prefer?
    What sort of head gear do you prefer?
    A half-mask covering the upper half of my face.
    I don’t like wearing masks. I don’t care if anyone knows who I am.
    A full hood and cowl so no one can see my face.
  • 9
    What is the best way to handle multiple victims on the scaffold?
    What is the best way to handle multiple victims on the scaffold?
    Put them in a line, but make them witness the executions that proceed their own.
    Lock them in a cell until I’m ready for them one at a time.
    Make them form a line and face them away from the scaffold so they don’t have to see what it is like.
  • 10
    You have a woman criminal who has to be beheaded. When do you cut her long hair?
    You have a woman criminal who has to be beheaded. When do you cut her long hair?
    A few hours before the execution, in the comfort of her cell.
    Right before the execution while she’s on the scaffold.
    I don’t bother cutting her hair. It’s up to her to keep it out of my way.
  • 11
    What do you do right after an execution?
    What do you do right after an execution?
    Have a drink! I’m still shaken up over the whole thing
    Have my assistants clean up things while examining the spoils I’m entitled to.
    Make sure that everything is in order and do any required paperwork before taking my leave.
  • 12
    You have been instructed to execute someone you know and have a deep respect for. What do you do?
    You have been instructed to execute someone you know and have a deep respect for. What do you do?
    Stall the execution as long as possible or try to help the criminal escape.
    Refuse to do the job or offer to pay someone else to do it for me.
    Do the job, but make it as easy and painless for the victim as the law allows.

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