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Quiz about Would You Survive in the Desert
Quiz about Would You Survive in the Desert

Would You Survive in the Desert ? Quiz


The American southwest can be a formidable place. This quiz will test your ability to survive if you were to be stranded.

A multiple-choice quiz by cplum972. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
cplum972
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
260,777
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
3847
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 152 (7/10), Guest 163 (9/10), Guest 1 (6/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. The desert can quickly suck moisture from you. You have a small canteen full of water and it's really getting hot. What should you do? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Hypothermia is often a concern in the desert.


Question 3 of 10
3. Black widow spiders are one of many creatures to be cautious of. You can easily identify one by its appearance. What is the best description? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Scorpions hunt at night in the desert. One way to detect them is to shine an ultraviolet light on the ground on front of you as you walk.


Question 5 of 10
5. It is important to keep parasites and dangerous bacteria from accumulating on the body, but bathing is often a luxury in the desert. What is a good alternative to a traditional bath? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In desert areas, shelter from the sun should be a main consideration, but cold, rain, hail, even snow can also be factors. When building a shelter, you should do what? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Certain cactus species contain enough water to sustain a person for weeks in the desert.


Question 8 of 10
8. Again back to water. Water means life! My canteen is empty and I need to find a water source. What are some ways to find water? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. As a food source, most lizards are edible and will make for a decent meal. This one however should be avoided. What is it called? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Despite their reputations, deserts in the American Southwest have abundant wildlife.



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The desert can quickly suck moisture from you. You have a small canteen full of water and it's really getting hot. What should you do?

Answer: Drink as much as you feel you need

Dehydration is the number one killer in the desert. Your body can go for as much as 15 to 20 days without food, but in as little as 2 days without water, you would most likely perish. Dehydration also affects your ability to concentrate and therefore would reduce your chances of rescue/survival.
2. Hypothermia is often a concern in the desert.

Answer: True

During much of the year, the temperature in American southwest deserts can vary as much as 80 degrees Fahrenheit between night and day!
3. Black widow spiders are one of many creatures to be cautious of. You can easily identify one by its appearance. What is the best description?

Answer: Shiny black body with a red "hourglass" marking on the abdomen

The male black widow spider can be as much as 1/4 the size of a female and is not considered to be dangerous.
4. Scorpions hunt at night in the desert. One way to detect them is to shine an ultraviolet light on the ground on front of you as you walk.

Answer: True

Many species actually GLOW in the dark under UV light!
5. It is important to keep parasites and dangerous bacteria from accumulating on the body, but bathing is often a luxury in the desert. What is a good alternative to a traditional bath?

Answer: Take a "smoke bath" by burning certain shrubs or plants

Native Americans used "smoke baths" as part of rituals, but they are also effective cleansing tools, especially by burning plants like juniper which is abundant in the American southwest.
6. In desert areas, shelter from the sun should be a main consideration, but cold, rain, hail, even snow can also be factors. When building a shelter, you should do what?

Answer: All of these

Also try not to lie directly on the ground.
7. Certain cactus species contain enough water to sustain a person for weeks in the desert.

Answer: False

The flesh of a barrel cactus is made up of about 90% water and can relieve the symptoms of thirst for a while, but the water itself is in a slimy mucus like form and is not adequate to sustain life without alternate sources of water.
8. Again back to water. Water means life! My canteen is empty and I need to find a water source. What are some ways to find water?

Answer: All of these

Like humans, most animals large enough to leave tracks need water to survive, so their tracks can often lead to a source of water. Flocks of birds also tend to congregate near water sources. Finally, water always flows downhill. While these methods don't guarantee success, they are simple and produce results in many cases.
9. As a food source, most lizards are edible and will make for a decent meal. This one however should be avoided. What is it called?

Answer: Gila monster

The Gila monster is one of the world's venomous lizards.
10. Despite their reputations, deserts in the American Southwest have abundant wildlife.

Answer: True

Hundreds of species have been identified from almost every animal class.
Source: Author cplum972

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