The Infamous Cults Quiz
by Staff
Some cults promote harsh conservative judgment; some are more into free love and spaceships. Others are incredibly dangerous, harming their own members and innocent people. With this quiz, we'll see how much you really know about infamous cults.

What is the name of the cult that believes humans were created by aliens called Elohim, who pretended to be angels when they appeared in the past?

  • Heaven's Gate
  • Raëlism
  • Shining Path

The Brethren, founded by Jimmie T. Roberts, disallows members from using modern conveniences and forbids children from…

  • speaking
  • looking at members of the opposite sex
  • playing

Which cult is known for its mass weddings, with hundreds of couples married simultaneously in huge ceremonies?

  • the Branch Davidians
  • the Sign of the Moon
  • the Unification Church

What did the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God predict would happen on March 17, 2000?

  • The Virgin Mary would come to Earth and carry the cult's members to Heaven.
  • The Earth would be destroyed by God's vengeance.
  • Israel would declare war on the U.S.

What is it called when the loved ones of a cult member arrange to have that person kidnapped away from the cult and retrained for cult-free life?

  • decultification
  • deprogramming
  • re-education

Which cult engaged in a practice of recruiting new members by sending women members out to have sex with them, something they called "Flirty Fishing?"

  • the Children of God
  • Heaven's Gate
  • the People's Temple

The People's Temple massacre occurred in what South American nation?

  • Guyana
  • Brazil
  • Uruguay

How many people died in the People's Temple Jonestown massacre?

  • 918
  • 1212
  • 233

What cyanide-laced substance was given to the People's Temple members to facilitate the Jonestown massacre?

  • grape Kool-Aid
  • orange Gatorade
  • Pepsi

Leo Ryan was shot by People's Temple guards while attempting to investigate Jonestown. What government position did he hold?

  • U.S. ambassador to Guyana
  • Congressman
  • FBI investigator

What did the Aum Shinrikyo cult use to attack the Tokyo subway system in 1995?

  • radioactive materials
  • sarin gas
  • AK-47 assault rifles

What does Aum Shinrikyo mean when translated into English?

  • Supreme Truth
  • Eternal Shrine
  • Fire of Heaven

Cults preoccupied with preparing for the end of the world are often known as…

  • doomsday cults
  • New Testament cults
  • revisionist cults

What federal agency conducted the final assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993?

  • the Department of Homeland Security
  • the FBI
  • the National Guard

Who was the leader of the Branch Davidian cult?

  • Francois Davide
  • David Koresh
  • Lucas David Davidson

What terrorist attack was conducted on the anniversary of and inspired by the Branch Davidian Waco raid?

  • Columbine massacre
  • 1993 World Trade Center bombing
  • Oklahoma City bombing

What doomsday cult believed they were descended from the Knights Templar and died in a series of mass murder/suicides in the 1990s?

  • Ramtha
  • Order of the Solar Temple
  • Oahspe Faithists

What phrase did Charles Manson use to describe the apocalyptic race war he foresaw?

  • Revelation
  • Helter Skelter
  • Armageddon

What actress was among those murdered by the Manson Family?

  • Grace Kelly
  • Sharon Tate
  • Romy Schneider

The Heaven's Gate cult committed suicide believing they'd be transported onto a spaceship traveling behind what comet in 1997?

  • Swift-Tuttle
  • Hale-Bopp
  • Haley's Comet

What notable footwear were the Heaven's Gate cultists all wearing when they killed themselves?

  • Birkenstock sandals
  • brand new Nike sneakers
  • Wolverine work boots

What did the Rajneeshpuram cult do in Oregon in 1985?

  • They sent letter bombs to county committee members.
  • They poisoned salad bars with salmonella.
  • They tried to build a nuclear fission reactor.

What other method did the Rajneeshpuram cult use to try to win county elections?

  • They threatened county election officials who counted the ballots.
  • They registered to vote dozens of times each using fake identities.
  • They invited thousands of homeless people to move to their city.

JZ Knight, founder of the Ramtha School, claims to channel the thoughts of a being who is how old?

  • 100 years
  • 35,000 years
  • 2,000 years

The town of Yerba Buena in northern Mexico was home to a cult in the 1960s led by a former prostitute who did what to those who tried to leave the cult?

  • killed them and drank their blood in a ritual
  • had sex with them to convince them life in the cult would be better
  • cut out their tongues so they couldn't tell anyone about the cult

Thelema was a cult created by what notorious English occultist?

  • Aleister Crowley
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Margaret Thatcher

The establishment of a caliphate and an apocalyptic battle in the Middle East are the goals of the terrorist group known as…

  • ISIS
  • Hamas
  • Shining Path

A far-right cult active in the U.S. in the 1970s and 80s that advocated white supremacy was called the Covenant, the Sword, and the…

  • Arm of the Lord
  • Flame
  • Righteous Path

Adolfo Constanzo, leader of a cult in Mexico in the 1980s that was popular with drug cartels, kidnapped and murdered 15 people for what purpose?

  • He had to show the cartels he was tough by committing murders.
  • He used various body parts to cast dark magic spells.
  • He enjoyed the taste of human flesh.

The Church of Satan, founded in 1966, has a notable relationship with Satan. What is it?

  • They believe each member of the cult is a child of Satan.
  • They believe their high priest is Satan born in human form.
  • They don’t actually believe that a supernatural being called Satan exists.