Salem and Sabbats: The History of Witchcraft Quiz

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Salem and Sabbats: The History of Witchcraft Quiz
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Many myths surround the practice of witchcraft and Wicca. Separate fact from fiction with this spellbinding quiz.
In which year did witchcraft become a crime in England?
1742
1642
1542
In 1542, witchcraft became a crime prosecuted by the state in England.

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True or false: Male practitioners of witchcraft are called warlocks.
true
false
Both male and female practitioners of witchcraft are called witches. The term warlock comes from an Old English word meaning liar, traitor or oath-breaker and is often misused to describe a male practitioner of witchcraft.

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Between the 15th and 18th centuries, how many Europeans were accused of witchcraft?
10,000
50,000
100,000
Approximately 100,000 people were accused of witchcraft across Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries.

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How many Europeans were executed between the 15th and 18th centuries after being accused of witchcraft?
40,000-50,000
Approximately 40,000 to 50,000 Europeans were executed after being accused of witchcraft between the 15th century and 18th century.
20,000-30,000
5,000-10,000

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Which book inspired witch hunts during the Renaissance period in Europe?
"Maleficarum Malleus"
"The Meaning of Witchcraft"
"Malleus Maleficarum"
"Malleus Maleficarum" gave instructions for identifying, interrogating and convicting witches.

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When was the book "Malleus Maleficarum" written?
1386
1486
The book "Malleus Maleficarum" was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger and published in 1487 in Germany.
1586

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Which pope authorized the inquisitors Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger to combat witchcraft?
Pope Innocent VIII
In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII issued a document condemning witchcraft and authorized Kramer and Sprenger to eliminate witchcraft.
Pope John Paul I
Pope Martin V

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What does "Malleus Maleficarum" translate to in English?
"The Witches Malice"
"The Witches Broomstick"
"The Hammer of Witches"
The English translation of "Malleus Maleficarum" is "The Hammer of Witches."

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What percentage of Europeans accused of witchcraft were women?
70 percent
More than 70 percent of the Europeans accused of witchcraft were women, especially older widows without families.
60 percent
50 percent

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Which new-at-the-time technology helped spread witch hysteria across Europe during the Renaissance?
recycled paper
the printing press
The printing press, which was new technology during the Renaissance, was invented by Johannes Gutenberg between 1440 and 1450. The printing press helped spread witch hunt hysteria across Europe during the Renaissance by making information on witches widely available.
the telegraph

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When did the Salem witch trials begin?
1652
1672
1692
The Salem witch trials began in the spring of 1692.

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Which religious group did most Salem residents belong to?
Amish
Quaker
Puritan
Most of the residents of Salem were members of the Puritan religion.

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What is the name of the first Salem resident to be convicted of witchcraft?
Elizabeth Parris
Bridget Bishop
Bishop died by hanging in June 1692.
Abigail Williams

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Which woman is NOT one of the two original accusers in the Salem witch trials?
Hester Prynne
Williams and Parris were the two original accusers during the Salem witch trials. Prynne is a character accused of witchcraft in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Elizabeth Parris
Abigail Williams

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Who was the Puritan minister of Salem Village at the time of the witch trials?
Samuel Sewall
John Hathorne
Samuel Parris
Parris also was the father of Elizabeth Parris and the uncle of Abigail Williams, the two original accusers.

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True or false: William Griggs, a local Salem doctor, diagnosed two girls accused of witchcraft with a seizure disorder.
true
false
Griggs diagnosed two girls as suffering from bewitchment. The girls had exhibited symptoms such as violent contractions and fits of uncontrollable screaming.

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In which colony was the village of Salem located?
Massachusetts
The village of Salem was located in the Massachusetts colony. The village where the witch trials took place is the present-day town of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Maine
Virginia

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How many people were accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials?
50
100
150
More than 150 people were accused of being witches during the Salem witch trials.

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Who was the judge that presided over the Salem witch trials?
William Phipps
Samuel Parris
William Stoughton
Chief Justice William Stoughton controversially allowed spectral evidence in the trials.

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How many people were executed as a result of the Salem witch trials?
20
Twenty people were executed as a result of the Salem witch trials. One man was crushed to death by stones, and 19 were executed by hanging.
15
10

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In which month in 1692 did the Massachusetts governor disband the court responsible for the Salem witch trials?
October
In October 1692, Massachusetts Gov. William Phipps disbanded the court responsible for the Salem witch trials. The remaining accused, who were awaiting trial and execution, were pardoned and released.
November
December

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Which Shakespearean play features three witches?
"King Lear"
"Hamlet"
"Macbeth"
"Macbeth," written by William Shakespeare in 1606, features three witches.

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Who is considered by many to be the "father of modern witchcraft"?
Philip Heselton
Gerald Gardner
The British author Gerald Gardner is considered by many to be the "father of modern witchcraft."
Aleister Crowley

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What is the Wiccan calendar called?
Wheel of the Year
The Wiccan calendar is called the Wheel of the Year.
the Wiccan Wheel
the Year Wheel

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How many sabbats, or religious celebrations, are featured in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year?
four
six
eight
The eight sabbats commemorate phases of the changing seasons such as equinoxes and solstices.

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Which book served as inspiration for the modern Wicca religion?
"Witchcraft Now"
"Witchcraft Today"
The book "Witchcraft Today," written by Gerald Gardner, inspired the modern Wicca religion.
"Present Day Witchcraft"

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When was the book "Witchcraft Today" published?
1954
The book "Witchcraft Today" was published in 1954, shortly after the repeal of English witch laws in 1951.
1964
1974

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What is a group of Wicca followers called?
flock
herd
coven
A group of Wicca followers is called a coven.

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True or false: The Wiccan sabbat of Samhain is commonly known to non-Wiccans as Halloween.
true
Most people know Samhain, a sabbat celebrating the darker part of the year, as "Halloween."
false

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Witches have often been represented as skyclad. What does this mean?
flying
evil
naked
The term "skyclad" means "naked." Witches are often depicted as celebrating in the nude, and while some witches may practice skyclad worship, many do not.

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