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1. This group was a murderous band of medieval Shia Muslims. They were few in number, so they pioneered stealth killings. Their creed was "Nothing is true, everything is permitted". What name was given this allegedly hashish-consuming group?
2. These now infamous organizations started out innocently enough as halls or gathering places for mostly Asian immigrants arriving in North America. These immigrants worked for near slave wages, making them instant enemies of labor unions. What is the overall name given to these organizations, that saw themselves as community-oriented and semi-political?
3. The Freemasons are the world's oldest fraternal organization. They were formed by masons during the middle ages as a guild of skilled craftsmen, and remain for men only. What is the name of the masonic offshoot that does admit women?
4. The Serbian Black Hand was a progenitor of the Mafia.
5. The Thugs were a group who perhaps pioneered organized crime. They would roam from town to town robbing, looting, and killing. They would disguise themselves and target travellers. In what country did the Thugs operate?
6. The Italian version of the Black Hand in America was a terrifying extortion group that targeted its own people. Victims would often receive letters demanding payment, or "La Mano Nera". Who was known as the "Boss of Bosses".
7. This society is said to be the oldest fraternal hereditary society in the world. Membership is restricted to descendants of military officers who served in the American Revolution. Whose namesake mirrored one of its initial members?
8. Of the six known Mafia families in New York City, of which one was John Gotti the leader?
9. Who was responsible for destroying the Knights Templar?
10. With which Ivy League institution is the Skull and Crossbones Society linked?
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