Electricity brings us light, heat and Netflix. But it's not all warmth and wonder. Sometimes, when it courses through man, woman or beast, electricity brings sudden death. Which is why executioners in the early 20th century looked at power lines and had light bulbs flash over their heads. Now it's time to see if you're a live wire when it comes to the topic of electrocution. Just flip the switch, and the quiz will begin.
Question 1 of 20
Which execution method has supplanted electrocution in the U.S.?
Question 2 of 20
Which execution method was the most popular in the U.S. before the electric chair was introduced?
Question 3 of 20
How long does a typical electrocution take?
Question 4 of 20
When was the first official electrocution conducted in the U.S.?
Question 5 of 20
Who was the first person ever executed in the electric chair?
Question 6 of 20
Who was the first woman put to death in the electric chair?
Question 7 of 20
How many U.S. states used electrocution at its peak of popularity?
Question 8 of 20
Which was the last U.S. state to use electrocution as the sole method of execution?
Question 9 of 20
Which rock guitarist was electrocuted onstage by a microphone during a sound check at the Top Rank Ballroom in Swansea, Wales?
Question 10 of 20
This Yardbirds guitarist died in his basement after being electrocuted by an improperly grounded guitar.
Question 11 of 20
Who electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to discredit alternating current as a form of electricity distribution?
Question 12 of 20
Someone condemned to sit in the electric chair was destined -- at least to those with a penchant for dark comedy -- to do this.
Question 13 of 20
In 2012, which world-famous animal made headlines when he died of electrocution while landing on a power pole in Iowa?
Question 14 of 20
What convicted killer asked for the Ohio electric chair in 2001 to prove a point about the horror of capital punishment?
Question 15 of 20
Who first proposed the idea of using electric current to kill a human being?
Question 16 of 20
This killer of the Lindbergh baby died in the electric chair.
Question 17 of 20
Two of the most infamous spies in American history died in the electric chair in 1953. Who were they?
Question 18 of 20
How many volts of electricity surge through a person's body during an execution by electrocution?
Question 19 of 20
Which notorious serial killer was put to death in Florida's electric chair in 1989?
Question 20 of 20