Dracula Myths and Realities Quiz
Vampires like Dracula are mostly fiction, but there are some real-world foundations for these stories. Do you know your Dracula myths and realities?
Which writer created the vampire named Dracula?
- Bram Stoker
- Stephenie Meyer
- Anne Rice
The novel "Dracula" details the vampire's efforts to move from Transylvania to which country?
Was Vlad the Impaler (also known as Vlad III) was the primary influence for the character Dracula?
What other name was Vlad the Impaler known by?
- The Bloody One
- Prince of Wallachia
- Count of Transylvania
What other real-life person may the character of Dracula have been based on?
- Jack the Ripper
- Francisco Guerrero
- Sweeney Todd
What is "porphyria"?
- craving for iron
- sensitivity to the sun
- fear of mirrors
True or False: Transylvania is a real place.
How did Stoker create the details of Transylvania for his book?
- He lived there for several years.
- He read about it.
- He made them all up.
An ancient Romanian word "dracul" means what?
What else can "dracul" refer to in Romanian?
True or False: Dracula is immortal.
In ancient times, what was one traditional way of killing vampires?
- stuffing pig organs into their throats
- removal of hands and feet
Stoker modeled Dracula's castle after a structure found in which country?
For how long did Vlad the Impaler rule Wallachia?
- eight years
- 20 years
- 32 years
About how many people did Vlad III kill during his reign?
- perhaps 100,000
- perhaps 10,000
- perhaps 1,000
How did the character Dracula apparently obtain his amazing abilities?
- cast a witch's spell
- made a deal with the devil
- drank gallons of human blood
What was the idea behind "staking" a vampire?
- to pin them permanently to a grave
- to pierce their hearts
- to split their souls
Vampire behavior may have been inspired by which real-world disease?
- Black Plague
Rabies could also explain which sort of vampire characteristic?
- resistance to stab wounds
- weird sexual urges
Why do some rabies victims spit up copious amounts of blood?
- lung deterioration
- mouth sores
- muscle spasms
What was NOT known to trigger muscle spasms associated with rabies?
True or False: Dracula shows a preference for female victims.
What was the original name for Stoker's vampire character?
True or False: For killing vampires, iron bars work just as well as wooden stakes.
What is a "revenant?"
What bodily decomposition process contributed to the ancient belief in vampires?
- growing fingernails after death
- bodies turning red
Dracula has power over what phenomenon?
- spread of disease
- ocean currents
Why would throwing salt stop a vampire's attack?
- They hate the taste.
- They have to count the grains of salt.
- It blinds them.
One Romanian legend says you can find the grave of a vampire by placing a young boy on top of what?
Why is blood toxic to ordinary humans?
- too much iron
- It eats stomach lining.
- It destroys the brain.