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Salem and Sabbats: The History of Witchcraft Quiz
by Staff
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

True or false: Male practitioners of witchcraft are called warlocks.

  • true
  • false

Between the 15th and 18th centuries, how many Europeans were accused of witchcraft?

  • 10,000
  • 50,000
  • 100,000

How many Europeans were executed between the 15th and 18th centuries after being accused of witchcraft?

  • 40,000-50,000
  • 20,000-30,000
  • 5,000-10,000

Which book inspired witch hunts during the Renaissance period in Europe?

  • "Maleficarum Malleus"
  • "The Meaning of Witchcraft"
  • "Malleus Maleficarum"

When was the book "Malleus Maleficarum" written?

  • 1386
  • 1486
  • 1586

Which pope authorized the inquisitors Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger to combat witchcraft?

  • Pope Innocent VIII
  • Pope John Paul I
  • Pope Martin V

What does "Malleus Maleficarum" translate to in English?

  • "The Witches Malice"
  • "The Witches Broomstick"
  • "The Hammer of Witches"

What percentage of Europeans accused of witchcraft were women?

  • 70 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 50 percent

Which new-at-the-time technology helped spread witch hysteria across Europe during the Renaissance?

  • recycled paper
  • the printing press
  • the telegraph

When did the Salem witch trials begin?

  • 1652
  • 1672
  • 1692

Which religious group did most Salem residents belong to?

  • Amish
  • Quaker
  • Puritan

What is the name of the first Salem resident to be convicted of witchcraft?

  • Elizabeth Parris
  • Bridget Bishop
  • Abigail Williams

Which woman is NOT one of the two original accusers in the Salem witch trials?

  • Hester Prynne
  • Elizabeth Parris
  • Abigail Williams

Who was the Puritan minister of Salem Village at the time of the witch trials?

  • Samuel Sewall
  • John Hathorne
  • Samuel Parris

True or false: William Griggs, a local Salem doctor, diagnosed two girls accused of witchcraft with a seizure disorder.

  • true
  • false

In which colony was the village of Salem located?

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Virginia

How many people were accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials?

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150

Who was the judge that presided over the Salem witch trials?

  • William Phipps
  • Samuel Parris
  • William Stoughton

How many people were executed as a result of the Salem witch trials?

  • 20
  • 15
  • 10

In which month in 1692 did the Massachusetts governor disband the court responsible for the Salem witch trials?

  • October
  • November
  • December

Which Shakespearean play features three witches?

  • "King Lear"
  • "Hamlet"
  • "Macbeth"

Who is considered by many to be the "father of modern witchcraft"?

  • Philip Heselton
  • Gerald Gardner
  • Aleister Crowley

What is the Wiccan calendar called?

  • Wheel of the Year
  • the Wiccan Wheel
  • the Year Wheel

How many sabbats, or religious celebrations, are featured in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year?

  • four
  • six
  • eight

Which book served as inspiration for the modern Wicca religion?

  • "Witchcraft Now"
  • "Witchcraft Today"
  • "Present Day Witchcraft"

When was the book "Witchcraft Today" published?

  • 1954
  • 1964
  • 1974

What is a group of Wicca followers called?

  • flock
  • herd
  • coven

True or false: The Wiccan sabbat of Samhain is commonly known to non-Wiccans as Halloween.

  • true
  • false

Witches have often been represented as skyclad. What does this mean?

  • flying
  • evil
  • naked