Test Your Knowledge: Famous Pirates Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

Test Your Knowledge: Famous Pirates Quiz
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About This Quiz

When the seas were wild and untamed, criminally-minded sailors terrorized ships and cities the world over. How much do you know about these famous pirates?
What was the pirate name for John Roberts, who captured hundreds of ships in the early 1700s?
Black Sam
Black Jack
Black Bart
With nearly 500 captured ships to his name, he is often regarded as one of the most successful pirates in history.

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What was John Rackam's pirate name?
John King
Black Caesar
Calico Jack
He wore wild clothing that gave birth to his name.

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How was Calico Jack finally apprehended by a pirate hunter?
He got drunk.
While partying with fellow pirates, a pirate hunter engaged his crew and caught Jack.
He fell off of his ship.
He fell for a woman who was actually a spy.

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Black Caesar operated with which other well-known pirate?
Blackbeard
He survived the battle that killed Blackbeard but was caught and hanged.
William Kidd
Francis Drake

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Who was also known as the "Rhode Island Pirate?"
Thomas Tew
He had a very successful (but brief) career cut short by a cannonball to the gut.
Henry Every
John Taylor

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What was the pirate nickname for Edward Teach?
Blackbeard
He was an English pirate who lived until around 1720.
Long Ben
Dread Pirate Roberts

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What does "barbarossa" mean in English?
red beard
The Barbarossa Brothers were pirates in the early 16th century; the eldest brother had a red beard.
black face
yellow belly

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How did Aruj (the eldest Barbarossa brother) lose an arm?
shot off by a cannon
A Spanish cannon blew off his arm, but it didn't kill him.
chopped off by sword
bitten by a shark

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How many ships might have belonged to the pirate named Cheung Po Tsai?
about 2,000
about 1,200
about 600
He also had many thousands of men at his disposal; he eventually turned and helped the government capture pirates.

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Blackbeard was famous for eschewing what sort of behavior?
violence
Instead of relying on force, he tended to trick his victims.
sex
drunkenness

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How many ships did the Barbarossa Brothers capture in a single month in 1512?
at least eight
at least 11
at least 23
They didn't just take ships; they were bold enough to attack and capture cities, too.

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Which man was often called "The Gentleman Pirate?"
George Booth
John Bowen
Stede Bonnet
He was born into a rich family but opted for crime, sailing a ship named "Revenge."

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How did Blackbeard manage to get within striking distance of the ships that he attacked?
He used a variety of flags.
He would raise the same flag as the ships he was attacking, making it seem as though he was a fellow countryman.
His ships were faster than most.
He knew the ocean currents better than most captains.

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In the 1600s, which country deemed Francis Drake a pirate?
Spain
To the English, he was a brave sea captain; to the Spaniards he was a terrorizer.
Australia
Russia

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In addition to raiding many towns and enslaving many people, for what feat is Francis Drake known?
sinking an entire fleet in one battle
sailing around the world
He was the first person to serve as captain aboard a ship that sailed all the way around the globe.
killing a king

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In 1695, Henry Every raided a ship and took treasure that would be worth about how much in today's dollars?
$7 million
$76 million
And with that feat, he wisely retired, making him one of the few pirates to survive his adventures.
$176 million

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Why did Blackbeard ignite substances hidden under his hat?
to help him light his pipe
It made it easier to ignite weapons.
The smoke made him look scary.
He was all about the image; his frightening appearance terrified both his men and his opponents.

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Anne Bonny fought like a man and joined in with which well-known pirate?
Henry Morgan
Calico Jack
After she was arrested, she avoided execution by saying that she was pregnant.
Blackbeard

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"Sea Dogs" were basically a pirate group authorized by the government of which country?
England
Queen Elizabeth unleashed these men to plunder ships and cities and then bring the riches back to England.
France
United States

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What happened to the Sea Dogs once Spain and England made peace?
They started pirating in other places.
Apparently the pirate lifestyle is hard to leave; many headed for the coast of Africa or the Caribbean.
They were disbanded.
They were slaughtered.

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Which pirate created the Black Fleet, ships painted black with red sails?
Rusila
Stikla
Jeanne de Clisson
She was known as the "Lioness of Brittany" and hunted down French vessels with ferocity.

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Why did the Lioness of Brittany prey on only French ships, often killing almost everyone onboard?
revenge for the killing of her husband
The French beheaded her husband, and she set off on a brutal (and effective) campaign of revenge.
The French poisoned her livestock.
She was insane.

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Which pirate was know to strangle victims with so much force that their eyes would pop out of their heads?
Francois l'Olonnais
His men raped and pillaged their way across the Caribbean, often defeating foes who had superior numbers.
Henry Morgan
Calico Jack

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After they killed him, what did attackers do to Blackbeard?
fed him to sharks
chopped off his head
They strung the head up on their ship so they could collect a reward for killing him.
burned his body

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Benjamin Hornigold was a pirate who was pardoned in exchange for hunting which other pirate?
Blackbeard
Blackbeard was his second-in-command at one point; Hornigold eventually died during a storm.
Captain Kidd
John Coxon

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Which pirate was known as the "Bane of the Spanish?"
Piet Hein
De Veenboer
Francois l'Olonnais
He did his work in the mid-1600s and was known for his savagery.

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Francois l'Olonnais supposedly performed what act in retribution for an ambush?
cut out a sailor's heart and bit it
Perhaps Ozzy Osbourne is a distant relative.
gouged out an attacker's eyes and fed them to wild hogs
cut off a man's legs and threw him into the ocean

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Ching Shih, a female pirate in the early 1800s, may have commanded how many pirates?
at least 100
at least 1,000
perhaps tens of thousands
And she may have had more than 1,000 ships, making her more powerful than many militaries.

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Which famous pirate may not have been a pirate?
William Kidd
Captain Kidd may have gotten most of his reputation from a widely-publicized trial instead of actual acts that he performed.
Dread Pirate Roberts
Red Legs Greaves

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How did Ching Shih's career of piracy come to an end?
She caught the flu.
She was tried and executed.
She retired and started a new business.
No force could defeat hers, but she decided to accept pardons for herself and her people.

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