Quiz on traitors

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on May 31, 2019 Published on May 31, 2019

On June 1, 1779, Benedict Arnold, a general in the Continental US army during the American Revolutionary War, was court-martialled for treason. This quiz is all about traitors.


1 They were known to their handlers as Homer, Hicks, Sonny/Stanley, Tony and Lizst and had an immeasurable impact on Western Intelligence in the Cold War era. By what name were they collectively known?

2 John Walker Lindh was an American citizen who was captured by the US Forces in 2001. By what name was he commonly referred to in the Western media?

3 Mildred Elizabeth Gillars was arrested in Germany in 1946 and became the first woman to be convicted of treason against the US. What was her crime or with what nickname was she better known?

4 Ephialtes of Trachis betrayed his people and his name has become the word for nightmare in his native tongue. In which famous battle did Ephialtes, a shepherd, betray his countrymen?

5 Of which legendary traitor did Shakespeare write, “yond _______ has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous?” Alternatively, just fill in the blanks.

6 Harry Potter. What was the real name of Wormtail, the traitor who revealed the hiding place of Harry’s parents, James and Lily, to Lord Voldemort?

7 Riots broke out in a specific city when this player was transferred to a much bigger club for a then record fee in 1990. And while the player insisted that he was not allowed any choice, his original club fans always regarded him a traitor. Name the talismanic player and the two clubs.

8 Judas Iscariot, according to the New Testament, betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and led the soldiers to Jesus’s hiding place. How did he identify Jesus for the soldiers who were watching?

9 Identify the date and whose act of treason is referenced here in this British nursery rhyme? “Remember, remember the _____ of ______, gunpowder, treason and plot.”

10 Whose palace gate, opposite to the Jafarganj cemetery and near Mahimapur, is known as ‘Namak Haram Deorhi,’ or ‘Traitors Gate?’


1 The Cambridge 5 or the Cambridge Spy Ring — Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross, who for three decades were spies for the Soviet Union while holding very senior positions in British Intelligence

2 ‘American Taliban’. He was captured while fighting against the US army and, after being interned, participated in the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi to escape from prison

3 She made propaganda broadcasts for the Nazis targeting American soldiers. She was referred to as ‘Axis Sally’ by the American troops

4 The Battle of Thermopylae. He betrayed the legendary Spartan army of 300 to Xerxes by showing the Persians a route through the mountains

5 Cassius. He, along with fellow senator Brutus, assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 BC

6 Peter Pettigrew

7 Roberto Baggio, Fiorentina to Juventus

8 He kissed him

9 5th of November. Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the British Parliament

10 Mir Jafar’s palace in Murshidabad. Mir Jafar betrayed Siraj-ud-Daulah to the British during the Battle of Plassey


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Published on May 31, 2019
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