The Butch and Sundance Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The Butch and Sundance Quiz
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These criminals were hunted for years and finally driven out of the Wild West they so loved. How much do you know about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are best known for committing which kinds of crimes?
Robbery
They were criminals at heart, perfectly suited to robbing law-abiding people of the Old West. Their favorite targets were banks and trains.
Kidnapping
Murder

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What was Butch Cassidy's real first name?
Bobby
Henry
Robert
In Utah in 1866, Cassidy was born Robert Leroy Parker. He lived a short and crime-filled life.

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Cassidy was the oldest of how many children?
8
11
13
Cassidy was raised in a Mormon family that featured 13 children. He left his home when he was in his early teen years.

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What was the Sundance Kid's real name?
Ulysses
Trenton
Harry
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, better known as Sundance Kid, was born in Pennsylvania in 1867. He was the baby of the family and had four older siblings.

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How did Sundance get his nickname?
His first girlfriend was a Native American.
He stole a horse.
When he was about 20 years old, he stole a horse and saddle from a ranch near Sundance, Colorado. He did 18 months in prison for the act and also got a nickname out of the deal.
He liked to dance in the morning.

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What was Butch Cassidy's first crime?
shoplifting
He shoplifted clothing (and some pie) and left an IOU indicating that he'd repay the debt, but the store owner pressed charges. Cassidy was acquitted at trial.
assault
robbery

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At which job was Cassidy working when he got his nickname?
meat shop
He worked for a butcher and his first nickname was probably "Butcher," which was then shortened to Butch.
cattle ranch
bank

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How much money did Cassidy take from the first bank that he robbed?
$2,400
$8,800
$21,000
He and his cohorts stole about $21,000, which would be worth well over half a million dollars today.

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Where was the first bank that Cassidy robbed?
Colorado
Cassidy's first big hit was in Telluride, Colorado. He was aided by three other cowboys during the 1889 heist.
Wyoming
New Mexico

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What was the name of the gang that Cassidy and Sundance joined?
The Madmen
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch was a group of men known for carefully planning their heists and their escapes. The attention to detail made them successful … and notorious.
The Cutthroats

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The Wild Bunch was known for being scary and vicious, but non-violent.
True
False
The gentle Hollywood depictions of the gang as non-violent offenders is false. During their crimes they killed at least five lawmen, which contributed to the widespread manhunts and large rewards for their capture.

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In 1894, Cassidy was imprisoned for stealing a horse that had what value?
$5
He had to serve 18 months for stealing a $5 horse. Some say Cassidy's initial experiences with the justice system soured his view of law enforcement in general.
$50
$500

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What was the name of the organization that took a leading role in hunting the gang?
National Guard
Texas Rangers
Pinkerton National Detective Agency
The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was hired to track down numerous Western outlaws. The agency became a feared force in the West.

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How many times was Sundance arrested in his life?
once
He was arrested just once -- the horse-stealing episode that earned him his nickname.
three times
four times

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What was Cassidy's reputation amongst his neighbors?
He was kind and friendly.
Cassidy was the kind of guy who helped out his neighbors when they needed assistance, and he did so with a smile. As a criminal, he wasn't particularly fond of guns.
He was short-tempered and mean.
He was downright violent.

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After a robbery, what did the members of the Wild Bunch tend to do?
They would head for the nearest large city.
They headed for Mexico.
They scattered.
To confuse their pursuers and maximize their chances of escape, they scattered … and then met up again later at a hideout.

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Who was the fastest gunslinger in the Wild Bunch?
Cassidy
Sundance
Sundance garnered a reputation as the fastest gunslinger -- but as far as the historical records go, he apparently never killed any other Americans.
neither

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Cattle queen Ann Bassett reportedly had a relationship with which one of the gangsters?
Cassidy
Sundance
both
Bassett was Cassidy's longtime girlfriend, and she probably carried on with Sundance (with both men's' knowledge), but perhaps using a different name … Etta Place.

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When law enforcement failed time and again to stop the railroad robberies, how did Union Pacific Railroad respond?
They offered Cassidy a job.
Union Pacific essentially gave up on stopping the robbers and offered Cassidy a job. He turned them down.
They booby-trapped the trains.
They hired mercenaries with machine guns.

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What was the name of the hideout that the Wild Bunch gang used in southern Utah?
Killers Canyon
Liars Lair
Robbers Roost
The Robbers Roost gained notoriety as the place where the gang planned their heists and then hid from authorities.

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For how long did the Robbers Roost serve as a hideout for various outlaws?
10 years
20 years
30 years
The hot, remote location was surrounded by rough terrain that made for miserable living conditions. But it made a perfect hideout for lawless criminals.

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Why did Sundance decide to buy a ranch in Argentina in 1901?
To escape the law
Tired of the pressures of law enforcement, he fled the country with Etta Place and bought a ranch in Argentina. After only a couple of years, they sold the ranch out of fears that the law had caught up to them.
Land was ridiculously cheap.
He had a fight with Cassidy.

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In June 1899, the gang robbed a train loaded with gold intended for what purpose?
city infrastructure
soldier payroll
The roughly $50,000 in gold that the men stole was meant to pay soldiers who were fighting in the Spanish-American War.
orphanage

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In the famous movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which actor played Butch?
Paul Newman
Paul Newman played the role of Butch, and Robert Redford was the Sundance Kid.
Robert Redford
Alan Alda

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To which country did Cassidy and Sundance flee to escape law enforcement?
Canada
Mexico
Bolivia
The men made an arduous journey to Bolivia, and even there, they couldn't escape the long arm of the law.

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Cassidy and Sundance didn't commit any robberies once they left the U.S.
True
False
Leaving U.S. soil didn't stop them from being criminals. They kept right on thieving once they traveled abroad.

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How many men did Sundance kill in the United States?
zero
Sundance wasn't much of a killer -- he didn’t shoot anyone in the U.S. at all. He probably did hurt people during his last stand, though.
three
five

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How did Cassidy and Sundance die?
No one knows.
Legend has it that they died at a shootout in Bolivia, but there's absolutely no hard evidence to back that story. Researchers dug up and examined the supposed bodies at one point and determined that the remains definitely were not of the American outlaws.
in a wagon accident
in a shootout in Bolivia

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Whatever happened to Sundance's girlfriend, Etta Place?
She was killed in the Bolivian shootout.
No one knows.
There's no record of what happened to Etta Place. She was probably using an assumed name, making it all the more difficult to determine who she was and how she died.
She died in Utah.

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Cassidy and Sundance were best friends.
true
false
They were partners in crime, but there's no real evidence that they were best friends. Regardless, their names will be inextricably intertwined for the rest of history.

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