The Ultimate Camping Quiz

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The Ultimate Camping Quiz
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About This Quiz

Hit the road and go camping! Take advantage of nature's bounty and see the best of America, while getting some exercise at the same time. Take this quiz to learn more about camping in the great outdoors.
What was the catalyst for the widespread popularity of camping?
splendor of nature
affordability of the automobile
The main impetus was the affordability of the automobile, which made everywhere accessible.
expense of hotels

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What happened in the 1920s to make people miss nature?
A wave of people moved to urban areas.
In the 1920s, waves of people moved to urban areas from farming regions. The new urban residents eventually yearned for the great outdoors.
A wave of people moved to rural areas.
The number of small farms surged.

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What was the name for the first organized campers?
nature lovers
tin can tourists
Campers were called "tin can tourists."
tent dwellers

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What famous inventor was a camping enthusiast?
Henry Ford
Thomas Edison
both answers
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were camping enthusiasts.

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What happened to road development in the 1930s and '40s?
development of interstate highways
In the '30s and '40s, interstate highways were developed.
roads deteriorated
more rest areas

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How many Americans go camping each year?
10 million
15 million
47 million
Every year, more than 47 million Americans go camping.

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What activity do Americans participate in while on camping trips?
kayaking
rafting
both answers
There is more to camping than roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Campers also enjoy kayaking, rafting and biking -- just to name a few popular activities.

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How do you know what size tent to purchase?
maximum capacity label
Look for the label indicating the maximum capacity of the tent.
one size fits all
neither answer

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Why is a bigger tent not necessarily a better tent?
too heavy
hard to set-up
both answers
A bigger tent will be heavy and it can be difficult to find a large cleared area for set-up.

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Which type of tent requires no lines?
dome
A dome tent requires no lines to set it up.
walled
A-frame

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What is the problem with a low quality tent?
plastic poles
Low quality tents use plastic poles that can become brittle with age.
fiberglass poles
aluminum poles

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If you buy a low priced tent under $100, what should you expect?
water leakage
set-up hassles
both answers
Expect some water leakage and set-up hassles from a tent costing under $100.

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In how many shapes are sleeping bags offered?
one
two
Sleeping bags are offered in two shapes: mummy and rectangle.
five

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What sleeping bag shape is best for colder weather camping?
mummy
The mummy shaped bag is better for colder weather, since it preserves more body heat.
rectangle
both answers

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What sleeping bag temperature rating is suitable for camping during the warm weather season?
minus 10-degree
0-degree
50-degree
For warm weather, use a bag with a rating of 50-degrees Fahrenheit.

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What sleeping bag material is light and a great insulator?
down
Down is an excellent insulator and extremely light.
cotton
wool

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What is a cheap and easy way to purify water while on a camping trip?
iodine
Bring some iodine packets to purify water. Boiling water and a water filter will also do the job, but boiling water is not necessarily easy and a water filter costs about $50.
boiling easy
water filter

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How long do you need to boil water in order to kill any parasites present in it?
2 minutes
10 minutes
Boil water for 10 minutes to kill any little critters swimming in it.
30 minutes

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What is a type of camping?
RV
tent
both answers
Whether you are sleeping in a tent or an air conditioned RV, it is still considered to be camping.

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How many fatal bear attacks occur in the U.S. in one year?
3
Bear attacks are rare: An average of three fatalities occur every year.
30
300

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You Got:
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