Wonder #2824: What Causing Dancing Mania?

Question 1 of 3

According to this Wonder, where was dancing mania first recorded?

  1. Italy
  2. Kölbigk, Germany
  3. Aachen, Germany
  4. the United States

Question 2 of 3

Dancing mania is also called . . .

  1. mass hysteria
  2. Black Death
  3. a hallucination
  4. choreomania

Question 3 of 3

What is cited by modern experts to be the most likely cause of dancing mania?

  1. ergot, a fungus that can grow on rye, which is used to make bread and then accidentally consumed
  2. tarantism, a condition caused by spider bites
  3. St. John’s Dance, which is caused by when saints curse an individual or group
  4. a breakdown of mental health, caused by stressors such as disease and famine

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