Wilderness Survival Quiz

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#1 Which of the following does NOT provide clues to help orient you toward true north?

Wind speed. While not precise directional guides, moss on trees and ant hills can help you to figure out what direction you’re facing. In the Northern Hemisphere, moss on the south side of trees will be thicker and greener because that side often gets more sun; ants often build their nests on the south or southeastern side of trees, where it’s warmer.

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#2 In a survival scenario, you should avoid eating insects that ____.

Brightly colored, or strong smelling insects are a clear warning sign for you to avoid, many are poisonous.

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#3 What is a bug out bag used for?

Bug out bags are used to store survival gear and equipment that will help you evacuate your home and “bug out” to a predetermined, or open ended location.

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#4 What’s the LEAST important survival tool for a novice in a jungle scenario?

The ability to shelter yourself from the elements, start a fire, clear brush, defend yourself, and provide clean drinking water are the most important tools. A compass is a very important tool, however if you are lost, the most recommended strategy is to shelter in place for those who will be looking for you.

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#5 Hypothermia Generally Only Happens in Cold Weather.

Hypothermia happens during all seasons and temperatures, usually due to exposure to water that leads to the lowering of your body temperature.

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#6 Insect larvae contains a lot of protein. Where are the best places to find these insect eggs?

Insect eggs can be found in moist areas under rocks and inside rotten tree logs or stumps.

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#7 Why should you melt snow or ice before drinking it?

Eating frozen snow and ice will reduce your core body temperature and can lead to dehydration.

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#8 If your feet stay wet for a prolonged period, you can develop:

Trench foot is a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, unsanitary, and cold conditions. It was also the number three injury, behind bullets and shrapnel, in both world wars, that disabled soldiers.

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#9 In an emergency situation, drinking small amounts of salt water will keep you from dehydrating until fresh water can be found.

Drinking any amount of salt water will further dehydrate you and in larger quantities cause organ failure.

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#10 What internal temperature is required to break down bacteria cells in meat?

Bacteria begins to break down at 160° Fahrenheit.

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#11 Why should you try to avoid sleeping directly on the ground?

Sleeping on the ground can lead to loss of body heat. You’ll retain more warmth by piling grass or pine needles on the ground to sleep on.

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#12 What do lush vegetation and swarming insects often indicate?

Plant life, insects, bird flight paths and animal tracks can all point toward water sources.

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