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"This is a quiz of basic facts on vampires of folklore. Be forewarned, though, that the "real" vampires were very different from the folks in today's movies and novels!"
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Vampires are known in many cultures as shapeshifters. Almost all Slavic vampires were said to assume the form of mist to escape the grave, and in some tales it seems like Russian vampires could turn into almost anything! Which of the following forms could European folkloric vampires almost certainly NOT assume?
Moth or butterfly
True or false: Though a staple of vampire stories, the wooden stake has been known to fail in killing a vampire.
There are a number of ways to get rid of a vampire, some more invasively than others. There is, however, one method in Eastern European practice which never seems to fail. What is it?
Staking it to the ground
Eating dirt from the vampire's grave, thus vaccinating oneself from vampirism
Granting the vampire absolution from sin
Emily Gerard's 1885 essay, "Transylvanian Superstitions", is often cited as a major source for "Dracula" author Bram Stoker's knowledge of vampires. According to Gerard, how does one become a vampire?
Die in a clan vendetta
Be born out of wedlock on Christmas
Cheat at football (soccer west of the pond)
Be the illegitimate child of two illegitimate children
Which of the following religious scholars did NOT at one time or another express a belief in vampires in his writings?
Eighteenth-Century Roman Catholic conservative Augustin Calmet
Sixteenth-Century Protestant Reformer John Calvin
Seventeenth-Century Anglican liberal Henry More
Twentieth-Century translator Montague Summers
In the vast majority of collected folkloric accounts, from what social class do most vampires originate?
Aristocracy (this includes "Counts" and "Voivodes")
Which of these is NOT a true statement about the relationship of vampires to witches in premodern belief?
Both witches and vampires were widely believed to have some connection with Satan, though both beliefs probably had pagan antecedents
Witches were living, while vampires were almost always dead
Witches were usually persecuted by the common people, while vampires were handled by authorities
Witch trials were more common in Catholic and Protestant countries like Germany and France, while vampire hunts were more common in Eastern Orthodox countries like Greece and Bulgaria
In folklore, how long does a vampire usually plague a village?
Not very long--the villagers usually take care of business in a hurry
Vampires usually subsist on the blood of the living for centuries
A vampire will haunt a village until everyone it knew in life is dead
For one year
True or False: most vampires are invincible in hand to hand combat, often taking on entire regiments in a fight.
A Romani (Balkan Gypsy) vampire hunter is called a dhampir. As the son of a vampire, the dhampir can see the creature, though it is usually invisible to normal people. In the ritual killing of the invisible vampire, how does the dhampir visualize his opponent?
He "steals" a diamond from the richest woman in the village and looks through it to find the vampire
He takes off his shirt and looks through the sleeve
He kills a chicken or goat and uses its blood to make a circle in the dirt; the invisible vampire is compelled to step into the circle
He goes to the graveyard and releases a handful of ashes to the wind; the dhampir can see the vampire in the shapes the swirling ashes take
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