A Neo-Pagan History Quiz

12 Questions
History Quizzes & Trivia

Take this 12 question quiz to see how much you know about the history of Neo-Paganism.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When did the Neo-Pagan Revival begin?
    • A. 

      1787: When Thomas Taylor poured his first libation to a Greek god.

    • B. 

      1951: When Gerald Gardner announced the existence of his witch coven to the press.

    • C. 

      1967: When Tim Zell filed for incorporation of the Church of All Worlds and Frederick Adams’ Feraferia was incorporated.

    • D. 

      1979: When Starhawk published The Spiral Dance and Margot Adler published Drawing Down the Moon.

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Gerald Gardner

    • B. 

      Robert Graves

    • C. 

      Aidan Kelly

    • D. 

      Starhawk

  • 3. 
    Who is the person most directly responsible for concept of the Neo-Pagan Triple Goddess?
    • A. 

      Jane Ellen Harrison, the first female career academic in Britain

    • B. 

      Robert Graves, the author of The White Goddess

    • C. 

      Gerald Gardner, the founder of Wicca

    • D. 

      Starhawk, the founder of Reclaiming and author of The Spiral Dance

  • 4. 
    Who popularized the terms "Neo-Pagan" and "Pagan" for the movement that carries that name today?
    • A. 

      Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca

    • B. 

      Oberon Zell, founder of The Church of All Worlds

    • C. 

      Ed Fitch, founder of The Pagan Way

    • D. 

      Isaac Bonewits, founder of ADF druidry

  • 5. 
    Which of these was NOT a significant influence on the development of Neo-Paganism?
    • A. 

      Wicca

    • B. 

      The Sixties Counterculture

    • C. 

      Heathenry

    • D. 

      Eco-Feminism

  • 6. 
    Which one of these authors did NOT describe Neo-Pagan gods as archetypes?
    • A. 

      Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon

    • B. 

      Doreen Valiente, author of Witchcraft for Tomorrow

    • C. 

      Janet and Stewart Farrar, authors of The Witches' Bible

    • D. 

      Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

  • 7. 
    Which one of these theological orientations was NOT found among early Neo-Pagans?
    • A. 

      Atheism

    • B. 

      Pantheism

    • C. 

      Polytheism

    • D. 

      All of these were found among early Neo-Pagans

  • 8. 
    Which of these is NOT part of the Neo-Pagan mythos?
    • A. 

      The rebirth of the Sun God in the winter.

    • B. 

      The sacrifice of the God of the harvest in the spring.

    • C. 

      The battle of the Oak King and the Holly King for the love of the Goddess in the summer.

    • D. 

      The descent of the Goddess into the underworld to learn the mastery of death in the autumn.

  • 9. 
    Which of these beliefs was NOT common among early Neo-Pagans?
    • A. 

      Literalistic polytheism

    • B. 

      Literal belief in efficacy of magic

    • C. 

      Worship of a pantheistic Goddess

    • D. 

      Rationalization of gods as Jungian archetypes

  • 10. 
    Which of these ideas was NOT anticipated by early Neo-Pagans?
    • A. 

      The Gaia Hypothesis

    • B. 

      Female ordination

    • C. 

      Theological relativism or pluralism

    • D. 

      Pagan nationalism

  • 11. 
    Which of these was NOT an early Neo-Pagan myth which was later debunked?
    • A. 

      A prehistorical matriarchal religion spread across Europe

    • B. 

      The ancient origins of the Triple Goddess

    • C. 

      Medieval witchcraft as a survival of ancient pagan religion

    • D. 

      9 million witches burned during the Burning Times

  • 12. 
    Which one of these quotes is misattributed?
    • A. 

      "A religion without a goddess is halfway to atheism." -- Dion Fortune

    • B. 

      "All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals." -- Gerald Gardner

    • C. 

      "The Goddess is Alive. Magic is afoot." -- Z. Budapest

    • D. 

      "Never Again the Burning." -- Isaac Bonewits