Welcome to our fascinating compilation of 100 Mafia Trivia questions and answers! These questions delve into the intriguing and secretive world of the Mafia, offering insights into its history, organizational structure, notorious members, cultural portrayals, and more. Whether you’re a fan of gangster movies, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the enigmatic underworld, this trivia set is sure to keep you captivated. Let’s delve into the mysterious realm of La Cosa Nostra and see how much you know! Enjoy and learn!
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1. What is the Mafia’s country of origin? Reveal Answer Italy 2. Which Italian city is the birthplace of the Mafia? Reveal Answer Palermo 3. What is another name for the Mafia? Reveal Answer La Cosa Nostra 4. What term is used to describe a Mafia family’s boss? Reveal Answer Don 5. What are the low-ranking soldiers in the Mafia called? Reveal Answer Soldiers or ‘soldati’ 6. Which popular television series focuses on a fictional Mafia family? Reveal Answer The Sopranos 7. Name the most famous movie trilogy about the Mafia? Reveal Answer The Godfather 8. Who directed the movie ‘Goodfellas’? Reveal Answer Martin Scorsese 9. What is the initiation ceremony of the Mafia called? Reveal Answer Making Ceremony 10. What do Mafia members refer to their organization as? Reveal Answer This Thing of Ours 11. What is the meaning of ‘Omertà’? Reveal Answer Code of silence 12. What is the name of the infamous Chicago Mafia boss of the 1920s? Reveal Answer Al Capone 13. Which infamous event involving the Mafia occurred on Valentine’s Day in 1929? Reveal Answer Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre 14. What was the name of Al Capone’s Chicago organization? Reveal Answer Chicago Outfit 15. What operation by the FBI helped diminish the Mafia’s power in the US? Reveal Answer Operation RICO 16. What was Lucky Luciano’s real name? Reveal Answer Salvatore Lucania 17. Who was the head of the Gambino crime family from 1957 to 1976? Reveal Answer Carlo Gambino Reveal Answer Roberto Saviano 19. Who did Joe Pesci portray in the film ‘Goodfellas’? Reveal Answer Tommy DeVito 20. What’s the popular hand gesture often associated with the Mafia? Reveal Answer The chin flick 21. Which Sicilian Mafia boss was known as ‘The Beast’? Reveal Answer Salvatore Riina 22. Who was the chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics who pursued the Mafia? Reveal Answer Harry Anslinger 23. What is a ‘capo’ in Mafia hierarchy? Reveal Answer A captain or lieutenant 24. Which Mafia boss was called ‘Joe Bananas’? Reveal Answer Joseph Bonanno 25. What Sicilian event in the 1860s helped lead to the formation of the Mafia? Reveal Answer Unification of Italy 26. What is the name of the Russian equivalent of the Mafia? Reveal Answer Bratva 27. What’s the name of the Japanese criminal syndicate often compared to the Mafia? Reveal Answer Yakuza 28. In the Mafia, what does a ‘consigliere’ do? Reveal Answer Acts as an advisor 29. Which city is known for the ‘Five Families’ of the American Mafia? Reveal Answer New York City 30. What is the Mafia’s traditional involvement in waste management? Reveal Answer Illegal dumping of waste 31. What crime did Al Capone eventually go to prison for? Reveal Answer Tax evasion 32. Who wrote the novel that ‘The Godfather’ film series was based on? Reveal Answer Mario Puzo 33. Which family does Tony Soprano belong to in ‘The Sopranos’? Reveal Answer DiMeo crime family 34. Which Mafia group is considered to have been the most powerful in U.S. history? Reveal Answer Chicago Outfit 35. What was the name of the crime-fighting team Eliot Ness led against Al Capone? Reveal Answer The Untouchables 36. What is a ‘hitman’ in Mafia terminology? Reveal Answer A contracted killer 37. Which movie tells the story of the Irish Mob in Boston? Reveal Answer The Departed 38. Who was Frank Sinatra allegedly linked to? Reveal Answer Chicago Outfit 39. What does ‘The Commission’ refer to in Mafia circles? Reveal Answer The governing body of the American Mafia 40. What does the term ‘whack’ mean in Mafia slang? Reveal Answer To kill someone 41. What term describes when a Mafia member turns state’s evidence? Reveal Answer Rat or turncoat 42. What was the name of the large-scale Mafia prosecution in the 1980s? Reveal Answer The Mafia Commission Trial 43. Who played the role of Tony Montana in the movie ‘Scarface’? Reveal Answer Al Pacino 44. What does ‘made man’ mean in Mafia lingo? Reveal Answer A fully initiated member of the Mafia 45. What is the most infamous mob hit location in New York City? Reveal Answer Sparks Steak House 46. What notorious crime family did John Gotti lead? Reveal Answer The Gambino crime family 47. What is the term for a high-ranking Mafia member who mentors a protégé? Reveal Answer Padrino 48. What is the term for an outsider or non-Sicilian in the Mafia? Reveal Answer Zips 49. Who was the first Italian-American Mafia boss to turn government informant? Reveal Answer Joseph Valachi 50. Who was the FBI agent who infiltrated the Bonanno crime family? Reveal Answer Joseph Pistone 51. What name did Joseph Pistone use while undercover? Reveal Answer Donnie Brasco 52. Which famous gangster was the inspiration for the character Tony Montana in ‘Scarface’? Reveal Answer Al Capone 53. Which crime family did Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel associate with? Reveal Answer Genovese crime family 54. What business venture did Bugsy Siegel famously invest in? Reveal Answer Las Vegas casinos 55. Which movie tells the true story of an undercover cop infiltrating the Mob? Reveal Answer Donnie Brasco 56. Who was the crime boss of the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1980s? Reveal Answer Nicky Scarfo 57. What is a ‘sit down’ in Mafia terms? Reveal Answer A meeting to resolve disputes 58. What type of business are the Mafia known for infiltrating? Reveal Answer Construction 59. Which U.S. city was famous for the Purple Gang during Prohibition? Reveal Answer Detroit 60. What type of weapon is most traditionally associated with the Mafia? Reveal Answer Tommy gun 61. What are ‘books’ in Mafia terminology? Reveal Answer A list of members eligible for promotion 62. Which famous New York hotel was built by mobster Bugsy Siegel? Reveal Answer The Flamingo 63. What does the Mafia term ‘vendetta’ mean? Reveal Answer Blood feud or revenge 64. What does ‘pizzo’ refer to in Mafia terminology? Reveal Answer Protection money 65. Which crime family was notorious for the ‘Pizza Connection’ drug trafficking operation? Reveal Answer Bonanno crime family 66. What was the name of Al Capone’s brother who became a law enforcement officer? Reveal Answer Frank Capone 67. What term refers to a meeting of the Mafia’s national leadership? Reveal Answer Apalachin meeting 68. What name is given to the de facto Mafia leader when the official boss is in prison? Reveal Answer Acting boss 69. What is the traditional role of the Mafia in the illicit gambling business? Reveal Answer Running illegal betting operations 70. What was the ‘Black Hand’ in relation to the Mafia? Reveal Answer A method of extortion 71. What role did Meyer Lansky play in the Mafia? Reveal Answer He was a prominent Jewish mobster 72. Which famous Hollywood star was known to have connections with the Chicago Outfit? Reveal Answer Marilyn Monroe 73. Who did Robert De Niro play in the film ‘Casino’? Reveal Answer Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein 74. What was the original purpose of the Mafia in Sicily? Reveal Answer To protect the land and family of the nobility 75. What is a ‘gangland execution’ in Mafia terms? Reveal Answer A mob-sanctioned killing 76. Which gangster was nicknamed ‘The Prime Minister’ of the underworld? Reveal Answer Frank Costello 77. What name did the Mafia give to the war of 1981-1983? Reveal Answer The Second Mafia War 78. What is the ‘Cupola’ in the context of the Sicilian Mafia? Reveal Answer The governing council Reveal Answer A made man who carries out hits 80. What notorious mob hit was carried out at the Park Sheraton Hotel in 1957? Reveal Answer The murder of Albert Anastasia 81. What were the ‘Murder Inc.’? Reveal Answer A group of contract killers for the Mafia 82. What was the ‘Ice Man’ Richard Kuklinski’s connection to the Mafia? Reveal Answer He was a contract killer 83. Which famous gangster was known as ‘Scarface’? Reveal Answer Al Capone 84. What does the Mafia term ‘going to the mattresses’ mean? Reveal Answer Going to war with rivals 85. What role did the Mafia play in the development of Las Vegas? Reveal Answer They funded and controlled many of the first casinos 86. Who was the infamous leader of Murder Inc.? Reveal Answer Louis ‘Lepke’ Buchalter 87. Who did Marlon Brando portray in ‘The Godfather’? Reveal Answer Vito Corleone 88. Which famous gangster was the basis for the character Moe Greene in ‘The Godfather’? Reveal Answer Bugsy Siegel 89. Who was the long-time boss of the Genovese crime family? Reveal Answer Vincent Gigante 90. Who was nicknamed ‘The Teflon Don’ due to his ability to avoid convictions? Reveal Answer John Gotti 91. What does the term ‘underboss’ refer to in Mafia hierarchy? Reveal Answer The second-in-command 92. Which famous mobster is known for having run the Stardust casino in Las Vegas? Reveal Answer Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal 93. What’s the term for a Mafia member who enforces discipline in the organization? Reveal Answer Enforcer 94. Which famous mobster was known as ‘Mr. Las Vegas’? Reveal Answer Moe Dalitz 95. What’s a ‘front’ in Mafia terms? Reveal Answer A legal business used to disguise illegal activities 96. What was the role of ‘The Outfit’ in the Mafia? Reveal Answer It was the name of the Chicago-based Italian-American organized crime syndicate 97. What role does the ‘underworld’ play in Mafia terminology? Reveal Answer It refers to the society of criminals and organized crime 98. Which notorious mobster was famous for fixing the 1919 World Series? Reveal Answer Arnold Rothstein 99. What does ‘skim’ refer to in Mafia terminology? Reveal Answer Illegally siphoning off casino profits 100. Who was the notorious leader of the Philadelphia Mob in the 2000s? Reveal Answer Joey Merlino