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Wilderness Survival Quiz

A wilderness survival quiz can be a fun way to learn more!

These questions cover a wide variety of wilderness survival skills, including knowledge of making shelter and fire, finding survival food, recognizing hazards and addressing first-aid situations.

Going through a wilderness survival quiz like this can help you learn new information as well as refresh your memory of survival essentials. It can be fun to quiz yourself or your friends on what you know. Once you have finished this quiz, you can view the answers at the bottom.

  • Question of

    Which of these factors do not contribute to the drying of wood (for the purpose of finding dry parts of a bow-drill fire-making kit)?

    • Being on the south side of trees
    • Branches being exposed to sun and wind
    • Branches high up in a tree
    • Branches being covered in moss
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    Where would you find dry tinder in the rain?

    • Inner bark on cedar trees
    • Under rocks covered in lichen
    • Under moss
    • Ocean spray flower heads
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    Which of the following is not a sign of hypothermia?

    • Shivering
    • Apathy and lethargy
    • Incoherence, irrational behavior
    • Impairment of muscular performance
    • Stomach pains
  • Question of

    What should you do if attacked by a cougar?

    • Play dead
    • Fight back
    • Take a picture
    • Talk calmly and try to sneak away
  • Question of

    What percentage of blood loss will likely cause death?

    • 10%
    • 15%
    • 25%
    • 50%
  • Question of

    Your friend fell out of a tree trying to get honey from a bee hive. She fell 20 feet and was knocked unconscious for 45 seconds. You know from your training that she should be monitored for 24 hours. Which of the following signs do NOT indicate a serious head injury?

    • Complaints of blurred vision lasting over an hour
    • Unusual tiredness or sleepiness
    • A headache that increases in intensity
    • Burps that smell like sulfur
    • Unusual loss of balance
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    Your other friend went up into the honey tree and also fell. He was knocked unconscious for 5 minutes. Which of the following is NOT a sign of serious head trauma with a need for rapid evacuation?

    • Depressed fracture of the skull
    • Black and blue around swollen eyes
    • Black and blue behind and below the ears
    • Unusual rigid postures
    • Shivering uncontrollably.
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    Why must you apply a traction device for a broken femur? (A traction device gently creates tension to pull the foot away from the body).

    • To prevent movement of the broken leg
    • Reduce bleeding into the thigh
    • Reduce the amount of pain
    • To prevent further injury by spasms of the muscles
    • All of the above
  • Question of

    What is the most consistent sign of true shock?

    • Rapid, weak pulse
    • Rapid breathing
    • Pale or bluish skin, nail beds, and lips
    • Restlessness, anxiety, weakness
    • Nausea and vomiting
  • Question of

    What is the most important calorie source in survival living?

    • Sugar
    • Fat
    • Carbohydrates
    • Protein
  • Question of

    Which method of cooking wild food will retain the most nutrients?

    • Boiling in a pot
    • Roasting on the coals
    • Pit baking
    • Frying on a rock
  • Question of

    Which of these animals is the most dangerous when in western Washington?

    • Rattlesnakes
    • A wounded deer
    • Black bears
    • Mountain Lions
    • Wolves
  • Question of

    Which of these is the most useful stone tool for survival living?

    • A big sandstone slab
    • An obsidian dagger
    • A burin
    • A baseball sized granite cobble
  • Question of

    When making a bow-drill cord from natural fibers like dogbane or nettle, what is the best number of strands to reverse-wrap?

    • 1
    • 5
    • 3
    • 7
  • Question of

    Where is the best place to go to look for rocks in a survival situation?

    • North facing slopes
    • South facing slopes
    • River beds
    • Mountain tops
    • Cedar forests
  • Question of

    What is a good number of traps to set in a survival situation?

    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 10-20
    • 14-17
  • Question of

    What is the most important thing in a survival situation?

    • Practice and preparation
    • Positive attitude
    • Big muscles
    • Always carrying a knife

Written by David Lee

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