Archive for September, 2008

Okay folks! Here’s the next Wicca Test! This one has to do with intolerance, and it asks a lot of questions which relate to how Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism have been intolerated throughout history. For many of you this test will likely be difficult, especially if you haven’t studied much about the history of Paganism. Nevertheless, it is good for us to understand where we have been, in order to develop a clearer sense of where we are going.

So look over these questions and give this test your best shot! You can either send your responses to me directly via email (oshginva@gmail.com), or post them here… I will put up the answers in a couple of days, but I do hope some of you will attempt to take this test. (Don’t be embarrassed, it was a tough one for me too!)

1. Based on the original writings of the Hebrew Bible, the followers of the God Yahweh believed that “Thou shalt not suffer _____ to live.”

a. a witch

b. a medium

c. an evil spell-caster

d. a Goddess worshiper

2. There have been laws passed prohibiting the practice of witchcraft or spellcraft for malignant ends since

a. Constantine

b. the Christianization of Europe

c. ancient Rome

d. William the Conqueror

3. This ecclesiastical document, recorded in 900 AD, defined witchcraft as devil worship but also declared it was nothing more than foolish delusion:

a. the Reformation

b. the Papal Reform Movement

c. Nicene Creed

d. the Canon Episcopi

4. Who passed the first statute against witchcraft in England, allowing the civil courts to try and punish witches?

a. James I

b. Edward IV

c. Henry VIII

d. Henry I

5. The 1604 Witchcraft Act in England was repealed in 1736, but a new law was put into its place. This new law

a. punished those who claimed to possess magickal powers with prison time of up to one year and public humiliation

b. repealed the death penalty but replaced it with life in prison

c. required the payment of hefty penalty fees if caught practicing magick

d. eliminated seeking confessions through the use of torture

6. What finally put a stop to the Salem witchcraft trials?

a. the girls accused the wife of the governor

b. one of the witnesses admitting to having lied

c. the girls were sued for slander

d. after the death of the Reverend in charge, the town stopped believing the girls and things just stopped on their own

7. Those who accused the “white witch” or healer of witchcraft were often

a. doctors

b. other healers

c. the patients

d. all of the above

8. He founded the Witches Anti-defamation League in New York City to help ensure Witches religious rights and educate the public about Witchcraft. He also held the first “Witch-In” in Central Park:

a. Raymond Buckland

b. Isaac Bonewits

c. Leo Martello

d. Herman Slater

9. When were the witchcraft laws removed from the federal statute books in the United States?

a. 1958

b. 1965

c. 1980

d. there was never a federal law against witchcraft

10. What time period is traditionally called by Witches as “the Burning Times?”

a. early fourteenth through eighteenth centuries (1300’s – 1700’s)

b. mid-fourteenth through seventeenth centuries (1350’s – 1600’s)

c. mid-fifteenth through eighteenth centuries (1450’s – 1700’s)

d. late sixteenth through nineteenth centuries (1570’s – 1800’s)

11. The proof of guilt during the Salem witchcraft trials was almost completely based upon

a. physical evidence

b. testimony of neighbors

c. spectral evidence

d. spectral and physical evidence

12. The vast majority of witches who died during the Burning Times were condemned by

a. the church courts – the Inquisition

b. the localized secular courts

c. the national secular government courts – the king’s court

d. none of the above

13. The Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA), an international educational organization, was organized in 1986 by renowned Salem Witch Laurie Cabot. It was originally created in response to

a. a child custody case

b. a prisoner’s rights case

c. the local filming of a movie

d. the town not allowing Laurie Cabot to have her store in Salem

14. His philosophy about witches laid the foundation for years of persecution at the hands of the Inquisition. His writings influenced the church’s view toward sorcery, moving it away from the Canon Episcopi and in the direction of witchcraft being labeled a heresy:

a. Pope Leo IX

b. Thomas Aquinas

c. Tomas de Torquemada

d. Pope Urban II

15. What Christian sec made up the Papal Inquisition and the Inquisitors?

a. Dominicans

b. Franciscans

c. Carmelites

d. Augustinians

16. Which country had the highest rate of witch executions?

a. Germany

b. Spain

c. Ireland

d. England

17. What was the actual site in America where the witchcraft hysteria of 1692 began?

a. Danvers

b. Andover

c. Salem

d. Winchester

18. The Malleus Maleficarum (1486) is also called

a. The Malicious Magic of Witches

b. The Witches Hammer

c. the bloody book

d. the devil’s book

19. How did the Witchcraft Act of 1604 differ from earlier witchcraft acts?

a. the 1604 act distinguished between, and allowed for the practice of “good” magick

b. the 1604 act was more lenient than the previous law, allowing for retribution

c. the 1604 act was considerably stricter in its punishment of witches

d. there was little difference between the two

20. The Council of Witches was formed in 1973 for the purpose of

a. stopping the Witch Wars

b. defining the principles of Wicca

c. electing the “King” and “Queen” of the Witches

d. lobbying for Wicca as a religion

21. Using torture, lies, deceit, and fraud, he was England‘s most notorious professional Witch hunter:

a. Cotton Mather

b. Heinrich Kramer

c. Jakob Sprenger

d. Matthew Hopkins

22. There were _____ people accused and _____ people executed during the Salem witchcraft trials

a. 50 accused, 8 executed

b. 96 accused, 13 executed

c. 160 accused, 19 executed

d. 250 accused, 26 executed

23. Who was/were the author(s) of the Malleus Maleficarum?

a. King Henry VIII

b. Reginald Scott and Pope Innocent VIII

c. Henrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger

d. Thomas Aquinas

24. Which king passed the Witchcraft Act of 1604, and why did he hate witches?

a. Edward VI; a coven refused to let him join

b. Richard II; he believed they were spying on him

c. Henry V; he wanted a horse, but they gave him a cow

d. James I; he believed a coven was working “black magic” toward him

25. What did Pope Innocent IV do to help opne the way for the Burning Times?

a. allowed for the confiscation of a convicted heretic’s possessions

b. gave permission to torture witches

c. labeled witches as heretics

d. ordered that all witches must be burned at the stake

26. The Malleus Maleficarum was reproduced numerous times over the years. How often was it reprinted before being discontinued?

a. sixteen editions

b. twenty editions

c. thirty editions

d. it is still available

27. This group was founded at Carleton College in 1963 as a protest against the college’s required religious service attendance. The popularity of their rituals was one of the impetuses for revoking of the campus policy, yet they continued to meet, giving rise to one of the leading Pagan Druid organizations:

a. Ar nDraiocht Fein

b. New Druids of the United States

c. Reformed Druids of North America

d. White Willow Coven

28. In 1993, when this event was held for the first time in a century, Witches and Pagans were granted not only representation but also active participation and acceptance as a religion:

a. the opening of Stonehenge to the public

b. the Parliament of World Religions

c. Harvard University’s Gathering of Religions

d. the International Folk and Mythology Festival



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