The International Witchcraft Quiz

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The International Witchcraft Quiz
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Salem may seem like witch central, but it's just a tiny blip in the trials and troubles of witches worldwide. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of witchcraft all around the globe.
True or false: In Middle Ages Europe, witchcraft was considered an inherited skill.
true
From around 500-1500 in Europe, many people believed that sorcery skills ran in the family, which could doom multiple generations all at once.
false

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How many "witches" were executed in Europe at the peak of witch hysteria in the 16th and 17th centuries?
10,000-20,000
50,000-60,000
100,000-200,000
While exact numbers are hard to come by, an estimated 100,000-200,000 accused witches were executed at the height of the witch frenzy in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe.

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What year was the "Malleus Maleficarum" published?
1487
German clergyman Heinrich Kramer published his witch hunting guide in 1487, leading to an increase in witch trials over the next few centuries throughout Europe.
1587
1687

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Who gave black cats their witchy association?
King Henry VIII
Queen Victoria
Pope Gregory XI
In his 1233 "Vox In Rama," Pope Gregory XI declared black cats to be incarnations of the devil, leading many to burn the cats along with their "witch" owners.

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What percent of Africans believe in witches today?
5 percent
25 percent
55 percent
Throughout Africa, an average of 55 percent of the population believes in witches, according to a 2010 Gallup poll.

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True or false: Africans who believe in witches tend to feel better about their own lives than Africans who deny the existence of witches.
true
false
Those who believe in witches rate their lives lower than nonbelievers. Belief in witches is more common in older, poorer and less educated people.

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True or false: Witchcraft accusations are more common during the rainy season in Malawi.
true
The potential for floods and failed crops leaves people looking for a scapegoat, making accusations of witchcraft more common in Malawi during the rainy season.
false

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What percent of Muslims believe in witchcraft?
20 percent
35 percent
50 percent
Half of all Muslims surveyed in a 2012 poll claim to believe in witchcraft, despite the fact that Islam bans magic and sorcery.

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Where did the Pendle witch trials take place?
London
Liverpool, England
Lancashire, England
Ten people were executed during the 1612 Pendle witch trials in Lancashire, England, all thanks to the testimony of a 9-year-old girl.

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What country established an anti-witchcraft unit in 2009?
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia established an anti-witchcraft unit to educate the public on how to spot a witch in 2009.
Australia
Japan

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How many people in Saudi Arabia were charged with witchcraft in 2009?
zero
one
118
In Saudi Arabia's largest province of Makkah, 118 people were charged with practicing magic in 2009 alone.

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How many sorcerers were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012?
100
140
215
From 2009-11, 586 people were charged with witchcraft. An estimated 215 sorcerers were arrested in 2012 alone.

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More than 17,000 people were arrested for witchcraft between 1998 and 2001 in this country.
New Zealand
South Africa
Tanzania
In Tanzania, 17,220 people (almost all women) were arrested for witchcraft between 1998 and 2001. Around 10 percent of them were executed for their "crimes."

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What percent of accused witches in 16th century Europe were women?
50 percent
75 percent
Between 75 and 80 percent of accused witches in Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries were women.
100 percent

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Which country ordered all witch camps to close in 2012?
New Guinea
South Africa
Ghana
Ghana ordered its witch camps, many of which have housed accused witches for over a century, to shut down in 2012, leaving hundreds of accused women with nowhere to go.

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How did Gambia deal with witches in 2009?
fire
poison
In Gambia, more than 1,000 accused witches were kidnapped and poisoned in 2009.
guns

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Where did Danish aid workers find a toddler accused of witchcraft in 2016?
Nigeria
Nigeria made the news in 2016 after Danish aid workers found a 2-year-old boy whose family had rejected him due to the fact that he was clearly a witch.
Namibia
Egypt

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How many people in India have been put to death for witchcraft in the 21st century?
20
200
2,000
An estimated 2,000 women in northern India have lost their lives due to witchcraft accusations in the 21st century.

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Which of these religions celebrates pre-Christian pagan beliefs?
Wicca
Pagans primarily worship nature, while Wiccans celebrate pre-Christian pagan beliefs.
paganism
atheism

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Where did the Trier witch trials take place?
England
Germany
More than 368 people were executed for witchcraft between 1581 and 1593 in Germany during the Trier witch trials.
France

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What year did England enact its Witchcraft Act, which made witchcraft punishable by death?
1342
1442
1542
The 1542 act made witchcraft punishable by death. A 1614 amendment moved enforcement of the act from the church to the courts.

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When was the last person executed for witchcraft in England?
1685
The last "witch" was executed in Devon, England, in 1685, though witch trials continued for another thirty years or so.
1785
1885

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How were convicted witches punished in Germany's Wurzburg witch trials?
burning
While most American "witches" were hung, Germany burned 168 accused witches during the Wurzburg trials, which took place from 1626-31.
drowning
hanging

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What year did England officially remove the death penalty as a punishment for witches?
1751
1851
1951
It wasn't until 1951 that the official punishment for witches in England was finally reduced from death to the more reasonable fine or imprisonment.

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When was the last person prosecuted under England's Witchcraft Act?
1744
1844
1944
In 1944, Jane Rebecca Yorke was given a small fine for seance-related fraud under England's Witchcraft Act.

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True or false: Few Latin Americans believe in witchcraft.
true
false
One-third of Latin Americans believe that witchcraft and the evil eye can influence people's lives, according to a 2014 poll.

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During what century did a pope officially declare witchcraft a threat to the church?
12th
15th
In a 15th century papal bull, Pope Innocent VIII decreed that witches exist and are a threat to life and religion.
17th

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Which of these was seen as a sure sign of guilt during a European witch trial in the Middle Ages?
having long hair
wearing black shoes
not crying at one's trial
As witch trials peaked in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, the failure to cry at one's trial was seen as a sure sign of guilt.

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What country banned the portrayal of witchcraft on TV in 2016?
Japan
China
In 2016, the Chinese government banned programs depicting drugs, alcohol, fighting and witchcraft.
Cambodia

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What percent of people in Ivory Coast believe in witches?
25 percent
55 percent
95 percent
A staggering 95 percent of people in Ivory Coast believe in witches. While many of the accused are adults, human rights groups also warn of children who are tortured after a witchcraft accusation.

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