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Fun Wild West Quiz!
This fun free quiz is a great addition to fancy-dress parties, whether for school or youth groups, summer-time picnics or for nursing home theme-days.
Home-schoolers may also find this wild west quiz a useful starting point for further research, as its questions covers American Indian and settler history, as well as more contemporary Western films and Country music.
The answers to all the questions are printed in italics next to each question, making it easy to use. The questions themselves are divided into clear sections.
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Wild West Quiz Questions: Warm-Up
Complete these film titles:
A Fistful of… Dollars
Butch Cassidy and the… Sundance Kid
The Magnificent… Seven
Rio… Bravo, or Grande
The Man who Shot Liberty… Valance
Once Upon A Time in the… West
The Outlaw Josey… Wales
The Good, The Bad and… The Ugly
A Man Called… Horse
Dances With… Wolves
Wild West Quiz Questions: Pioneers & Settlers
What was a chuck wagon? The wagon which carried food supplies and cooking utensils.
What were Dutch ovens? Cast iron pots with lids, in various sizes so they could be stacked one on top of the other or used separately over an open fire.
What was the main type of bread cooked and eaten by cowboys, gold prospectors and pioneers? Sourdough.
Which type of bread did Native Americans teach settlers how to make? Cornbread.
What is another name for The Devil’s Rope? Barbed wire, used by ranchers to fence-off prairies.
Many cowboys believed that the use of barbed wire heralded the end of what? The Wild West.
What was a running iron? A ring or flat iron used to draw brand marks - as opposed to a ready-made branding iron shaped as a stamp - used by cattle rustlers to quickly mark stolen cattle.
What time of the years did cattle round-ups usually take place? Spring and Autumn.
If a cowboy was dressed in woolly chaps, what would he be wearing? Leggings made from wool to keep their legs warm in winter.
What did cowboys wear on their heads? Stetson or sombrero.
What was a pommel slicker? A long waterproof coat which kept both rider and saddle dry.
Dried animal skin cut into long, thin strips then plaited was known as what? Rawhide.
Name the famous breed of cows used on many ranches. Longhorn.
Name the star or disc-shaped object attached to a cowboy’s heel. Spur.
Why did Rochdale cowboys have trouble with their spurs? They didn’t fit on their clogs.
Which British comedian wrote the song, “Rochdale Cowboy”? Mike Harding.
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Wild West Quiz Questions: Famous Western Actors
Complete the name of these well-known stars of Western films:
Olivia de… Havilland
Wild West Quiz Questions: American Indians
Where did the Apache Indians live? Southwest deserts, mainly Arizona, New Mexico, Texas; and also in Oklahoma.
How many American Indians were there before European settlers arrived? Estimates vary between 10 and 18 million.
How many different languages were spoken by Indians in North America alone? Approximately 296.
What did the Plains Indians invent to aid communication in the face of so many diverse languages? Sign language.
Name some typical traditional tools used by American Indians? Bows, arrows, clubs, tomahawks/axe, spears/lances.
List the different types of dwelling traditionally build by American Indians? Tipi, wigwam, huts on stilts, igloo, wattle and daub, adobe, longhouse, grass-covered round huts, dug-outs with arched grass or hide roofs, wooden plank houses.
Between 1618 - 1619, what wiped out up to 70% of Indians? Smallpox.
Which animal, brought to America by Spaniards, changed the lives of the Plains Indians? Horses.
In which infamous battle was General Custer defeated? The Battle of Little Big Horn.
Which famous Indian Chief was originally named ‘Slow’ (when translated into English)? Sitting Bull.
Which was Chief Sitting Bull’s tribe? Sioux.
What was the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation in 1838 called? (For an extra point, say why). The Trail of Tears, because so many died on the journey.
What was the name of the religious dance which became popular on the reservations when all hope of survival seemed lost? The Ghost Dance.
How many American Indian tribes exist today? There are 562 federally recognised tribes - though others are still trying to win legal recognition.
How many Indian Reservations still exist? 314.
What Indian Chief’s name is still shouted just as a person is about to do something brave or rash? Geronimo.
Wild West Quiz: Further Questions
Who held 2 Aces and 2 8s when he was shot dead playing poker? Wild Bill Hickok.
What was a hand of 2 Aces and 2 8s known as following Wild Bill’s death? Dead Man’s Hand.
How many people were killed in the gunfight at the OK Corral? Three.
In which city was the OK Corral? Tombstone.
What was William Frederick Cody more usually known as? Buffalo Bill.
Why were Spaghetti Westerns so named? They all had Italian producers.
Who played the main role in the film “Calamity Jane”? Doris Day.
What did the 49’ers do in California? Pan for gold.
Why was Dodge City’s cemetery called Boot Hill Cemetery? Because so many of its inhabitants died with their boots on.
Name the outlaw gang run by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Hole in the Wall Gang.
What was the Lone Ranger’s horse called? Silver.
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Wild West Quiz: Country Music
Which musicians had hits with these popular Country music songs?
Stand by Your Man… Tammy Wynette
Crazy… Patsy Cline
I’m So Lonesome I could Cry… Hank Williams
I Will Always Remember You… Dolly Parton
Ring of Fire… Johnny Cash
Coal Miner’s Daughter… Loretta Lynn
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain… Willie Nelson
Behind Closed Doors… Charlie Rich
I Can’t Stop Loving You… Ray Charles
Faded Love… Bill Wills & the Texas Playboys
Mama Tried… Merle Haggard
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