The Psychology of Evil Trivia



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The Psychology of Evil Trivia

  1. Some philosophers, theologians and religious apologists have made the distinction between "moral evil" and "natural evil." What's the difference?

  1. Moral evil is a hurtful act performed without guilt or remorse.

  2. Moral evil is an act with a direct human victim,

  3. Moral evil is an act performed intentionally by a being with free will.



  1. What does a moral relativist believe?

    1. Good and evil are variable ideas informed by culture and upbringing.

    2. Good and evil are strictly determined by God.

    3. Good and evil only exist within legal and judicial systems.



  1. "What good fortune for those in power that people do not think." Which world leader made this statement?

    1. Adolf Hitler

    2. Saddam Hussein

    3. Joseph Stalin



  1. What do philosophers and theologians mean when they refer to the "problem of evil"?

    1. the question of why an all-powerful and benevolent God would allow evil to exist

    2. the question of whether or not a person can be born evil

    3. the question of why good people are tempted to do wicked things



  1. What is the name of the field of theology that attempts to explain why an all-loving, omnipotent God would permit evil?

    1. Cosmogony

    2. Theism

    3. Theodicy



  1. What is the origin of the word "evil," according to the Oxford English Dictionary?

    1. French, "eiffel"

    2. Old English, "yfel"

    3. Greek, "ifaelle"



  1. According the late U.C. Berkeley professor of anthropology Allan Dundes, the "evil eye" doesn't appear in the folklore of cultures in which regions of the world?

    1. Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean

    2. North Africa and the Middle East

    3. North and South America and Oceania




  1. In 1961, Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale, devised an experiment ostensibly to study the correlation between punishment and learning. Participants were instructed to give what they thought were real electrical shocks to learners who gave wrong answers to questions. What were the study's findings?

    1. Learners could not process new information when faced with abject cruelty.

    2. Participants were less likely to administer shocks if they were from a two-parent household.

    3. Participants were willing to inflict pain on others if instructed to do so by authority figures.




  1. Tomas de Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor during the Spanish Inquisition, wrote of an effective torture practice in which the victim's nose is plugged and the torturer pours water into the victim's mouth. What is the common name of this procedure?

    1. the drowning dream

    2. the water cure

    3. the rack

  2. Which of the following weapons did Joseph Stalin use to kill millions of Ukrainians during the early 1930s?

    1. mustard gas

    2. Zyklon B

    3. Famine



  1. Which of these quotes is attributed to the American serial killer Ted Bundy?

    1. "It doesn't matter how many I killed. It makes no difference."

    2. "Murder is not about lust and it's not about violence. It's about possession."

    3. "I am the face of God."



  1. Hungarian countess and 16th-century serial killer Elizabeth Bathory terrorized the locals in her domain, particularly young servant girls. What legend sprang from her prolific killing spree?

    1. She bathed in her victims' blood.

    2. She communicated with the dead.

    3. She flew through the night skies, stealing victims from their homes.



  1. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment, studying the relationship between power and evil. Set in a simulated prison, law-abiding participants were assigned roles of either prison guard or inmate. What question was Dr. Zimbardo attempting to answer?

    1. "Who shows more sadism -- prisoners or prison guards?"

    2. "How does the size of a prison cell affect the prisoner's temperament?"

    3. "What happens when good people are put in bad situations?"



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