This 12 Question Wilderness Survival Quiz Could Save Your Life – Part 2/2

Wilderness Survival Quiz - Rescue Chopper

In my last article, “This Wilderness Survival Quiz Just Might Save Your Life – Part 1/2“, I laid out four of the most basic principles of wilderness survival. I also put my knowledge to the test by taking this grueling 12 question quiz to find out exactly how prepared I am.

I answered 11/12 questions correctly on the quiz and was thankful to find out that I am a “True Survivor”!

I know you’re dying to learn how I managed to survive the wilderness survival quiz. So I’ve listed my answers below, along with my explanations and a few resources I thought you might like.

Disclaimer: I’m not Survivorman, and I make no claim of being an expert at wilderness survival. My explanations are based on information that I’ve read and classes that I’ve taken, and not my personal experience or expertise.

Answer 1: You can survive 3 days without water. Read more about “The Wilderness Survival Rules of 3.”

Answer 2: You can survive 3 weeks without food. See above.

Answer 3: White berries are known to be toxic. Most survival guidelines state something similar to the following:

The ‘berry rule’ is that 10% of white and yellow berries are edible; 50% of red berries are edible; 90% of blue, black, or purple berries are edible, and 99% of aggregated berries are edible. Source: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Outdoor_Survival/Food

Keep in mind that these are just guidelines. Edible and toxic berries come in all colors, so if you’re not sure what it is you’re looking at, move on!

Answer 4: Dead wood burns better than either green wood or dung. The dung part had me questioning myself,  but I went with my gut on this one. Green wood and vegetation are great for building signal fires, but shouldn’t be your primary source of fuel, assuming you have options.

Answer 5: Natural springs are the best source of water, because they are the source. Learn more about finding water in the wild.

Answer 7: The #1 thing to remember in a survival situation is, don’t panic! If you realize you’re lost, or in a situation that might get desperate, remember the STOP acronym:

S: Stop what you’re doing
T: Think about what you’re doing and assess your situation
O: Observe your surroundings and the environment around you
P: Plan your next move… carefully

Answer 8: Take care of your dental health. It’s easy to neglect your teeth when you’re lost and scared. But doing so puts you at risk for infections and other nasty stuff. Here are some more great suggestions for taking care of your personal hygiene in a survival situation.

Answer 9: The Universal Edibility Test states:

Place plant against lip, then tongue, and finally in your mouth.

That’s a very simple answer to a complex set of guidelines, but generally correct. Here’s a little more detailed explanation of the Universal Edibility Test.

Answer 10: It’s true, you can eat acorns from an Oak tree, but you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Answer 11: Not only can you eat cattails, they’re supposedly pretty tasty and can be prepared in many different ways. So head on down to the lake and grab yourself a handful for dinner.

Answer 12: If you see a rescue helicopter or plane, Wave! I got this one wrong. Making a “Y” shape with your arms just sounded so official. Here are some more great tips for getting your rescuers’ attention.

After taking this quiz, I’m certain that I can survive in the wilderness if I have to. I’m just not sure I’ll be able to flag down a ride home if one happens to show up.

Did you take the quiz? Share your score and your own wilderness survival tips in the comments below.


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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
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