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Wild West Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

Updated on September 11, 2016
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Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.

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

True… Grit

High… Noon

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:

Gene… Autry

Smiley… Burnette

Gary… Cooper

Olivia de… Havilland

Evelyn… Finley

Glen… Ford

Gabby… Hayes

Rita… Hayworth

Randolph… Scott

John… Wayne

Peggy… Stewart

Roy… Rogers

Burt… Lancaster

Yul… Brynner


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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    • AdeleCosgroveBray profile image

      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 5 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      You make a good point, there, Allen; I'll amend that phrasing.

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      Allen 5 years ago

      In the section of country songs, you listed the artists who made the songs popular, not necessarily the people who wrote the songs. "Crazy" was written by Willie Nelson and "Ring of Fire" was written by Johnny Cash's wife June Carter-Cash. Some of the others such as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" were both written and made popular by the songwriter. Others on the list may or may not have been made popular by the songwriters themselves. I'm not certain without doing more research. The Dolly Parton song that she wrote and made popular is "I Will Always Love You," not "Remember" as listed. And the song "Faded Love" was made famous by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, not Bill Wills.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I knew most of these answers in various sections. In the entertainment categories I knew them all. The section where I knew the least was the Pioneers and settlers.