The Infamous Cults Quiz

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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?

Raëlism began in the 1970s and is often associated with claims that they can clone humans and an attitude of very liberal sexuality.

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

The Brethren believe all celebration should be saved for the imminent return of Jesus Christ (which has been imminent since the 1970s), so the kids can't play.

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

Members of the Unification Church are sometimes called "Moonies" because of their association with founder Sun Myung Moon.

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

When Mary did not arrive, the cult leaders caused explosions and fires that killed hundreds of cult members.

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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?

Deprogramming is a controversial activity that isn't always successful.

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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 ran into trouble both because of sexually transmitted diseases and for their publications which promoted child-adult sexual activity.

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

The People's Temple commune in Guyana, called Jonestown, was the site of the massacre.

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

918 people died, the worst cult-based massacre in U.S. history.

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

The incident gave rise to the phrase, "drinking the Kool-Aid," often used to mean, "believing in something because someone told you to."

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

Congressman Ryan is the only member of the House of Representatives to be assassinated while in office.

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

The sarin gas attack killed 13.

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What does Aum Shinrikyo mean when translated into English?

Translation is tricky since the cult's founder combined Sanskrit and Japanese to create the name, but Supreme Truth is the generally accepted translation.

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

Doomsday cultists sometimes believe only they will be spared in the coming apocalypse, but cults have also committed mass suicide when they thought the world would end.

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

Although the initial raid on the Branch Davidians was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the final assault which set the compound on fire was conducted by the FBI.

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Who was the leader of the Branch Davidian cult?

Koresh, who was born Vernon Howell, took over the cult in the 1980s.

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

The Oklahoma City bombing targeted a building that housed federal agencies as revenge for the Waco incident.

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

The Solar Temple's members believed their leader was Christ and that they'd go to another planet when they died.

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

Manson took the phrase from the Beatles song "Helter Skelter;" one of the cultists wrote it in blood at one of the murder scenes.

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What actress was among those murdered by the Manson Family?

Tate was nine months pregnant at the time she was killed.

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

The astronomers that Hale-Bopp is named after probably wish the comet had become famous for some other reason.

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

The Nike sneakers were a strange detail of the mass suicide scene that the media focused on at the time.

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What did the Rajneeshpuram cult do in Oregon in 1985?

The salmonella poisoning was part of a bizarre scheme to gain control of county government.

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

The cult hoped the homeless people would pack ballot boxes in their favor. Did we mention that it was a bizarre scheme?

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

Knight channels a 35,000-year-old "ascended being" named Ramtha.

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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?

Magdalena Solis possibly suffered from delusions that she was a reincarnated Incan goddess and needed to drink blood to maintain her immortality.

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Thelema was a cult created by what notorious English occultist?

Crowley was once described as "the wickedest man in the world."

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

While other Islamic terrorist groups have political goals alongside their religious aims, ISIS' cult-like goals are primarily based on a religious prophecy.

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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…

The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord fell apart after a peaceful FBI standoff ended with the leaders being arrested.

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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?

Constanzo's reputation as a black magician and spellcaster was reinforced by the grisly body parts, including brains and spines, that he extracted from his victims.

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

The Church of Satan doesn’t worship a literal demonic entity called Satan.

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