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Dracula Myths and Realities Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • America
  • England
  • Ireland

Was Vlad the Impaler (also known as Vlad III) was the primary influence for the character Dracula?

  • yes
  • no
  • No one knows.

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • undead
  • dragon
  • blood

What else can "dracul" refer to in Romanian?

  • devil
  • angel
  • slaver

True or False: Dracula is immortal.

  • true
  • false

In ancient times, what was one traditional way of killing vampires?

  • stuffing pig organs into their throats
  • removal of hands and feet
  • decapitation

Stoker modeled Dracula's castle after a structure found in which country?

  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland

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
  • leprosy

Rabies could also explain which sort of vampire characteristic?

  • resistance to stab wounds
  • telepathy
  • 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?

  • mirrors
  • electricity
  • water

True or False: Dracula shows a preference for female victims.

  • true
  • false

What was the original name for Stoker's vampire character?

  • Gorogon
  • Wampyr
  • Bob

True or False: For killing vampires, iron bars work just as well as wooden stakes.

  • true
  • false

What is a "revenant?"

  • undead
  • killer
  • jester

What bodily decomposition process contributed to the ancient belief in vampires?

  • growing fingernails after death
  • bloating
  • bodies turning red

Dracula has power over what phenomenon?

  • spread of disease
  • ocean currents
  • weather

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?

  • a horse
  • a pig
  • a sheep

Why is blood toxic to ordinary humans?

  • too much iron
  • It eats stomach lining.
  • It destroys the brain.