Landlubber or Old Salt? Here’s a test of how much you really know about pirates.
This is one of the games we're playing at tonight's Reader's Bash - let's see how well you do....
I’ll ask you 20 questions and give you a choice of three possible answers.
1. In what month is National “Talk like a Pirate” Day?
May, November, or September
2. Despite her French name this pirate was born in England in 1636 and began her pirate career when she led a mutiny against a cruel captain and cut off his head.
Nicole St Marie, Charlotte De Berry or Juliet Larue
3. This notorious lady pirate was once married to a sailor in the West Indies who was an informant for Governor Woodes Rogers, turning other sailors in for piracy and reaping generous rewards for it.
Anne Bonney, Mary Read or Charolette De Berry
4. What was the real name of the famous pirate “Blackbeard” who met his end after a battle with the British Navy in 1713?
John Rackham, Edward Thatch or Samuel Bellamy
5. Which ship was Blackbeard’s head suspended from as a warning to all pirates?
The Black Jewel, HMS Ranger, The Swallow
6. Which of these words was used for pirates operating in the Mediterranean?
Privateer, Buccaneer or Corsiar
7. Which of these words is NOT another term for pirates?
Picaroons, Kapers, Swabs, Freebooters
8. Many of the most notorious and feared pirates were women. The earliest of these was an Irish woman known as “Granuaille” or “The Pirate Queen” – what was her real name?
Mary Read, Grace O’Mally, Anne Bonny
9. One of the most famous pirates ever to sail was Captain Henry Morgan (yes, the chap on the rum bottle). He died at the age of 53. What was his fate?
His crew mutinied and killed him, He was hanged or He died in his bed
10. Which type of pirates was commissioned by their governments to be authorized to seize and destroy merchant vessels of another nation?
Raider, Privateer or Buccaneer
11. The character “Jack Sparrow” in the Disney movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” is an actual historical pirate.
True or False
12. Which of these famous historical figures was kidnapped by Cilician pirates in 75 BC?
Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar or Aristotle
13. Who was entitled to a double share of the loot and booty?
Owner of the ship, Captain of the ship or the ship’s Surgeon
14. John Rackham was an English pirate captain who was known by what nickname?
Calico Jack, Peg Leg Pete, Bluebeard
15. Who disguised herself as a man in order to join John Rackham’s crew aboard the “Revenge” where she became his lover?
Joan Hamilton, Anne Bonney or Grace O’Malley
16. Literary pirate Long John Silver had a parrot. What was its name?
Polly, Pieces of Eight or Captain Flint
17. A common alcoholic drink loved by pirates was a rum, water, lemon juice and sugar mixture called what?
Caulker, Grog, Belay
18. What is the pirate flag (skull and crossbones) commonly called?
The Jolly Rodger, The Davy Jones, The Terrible Towel
19. How did Red Legs Greaves get his nickname?
The color of tights he favored, the way his legs would continually sunburn in the tropical sun, or because of the bright red color of the hair on his legs
20. Pirates had strict rules aboard their vessels and anyone violating the rules were punished. They had many punishments aboard ship, but which of these is not believed to have been a real punishment used by pirates?
Cat o’nine tails, Walking the plank, or Marooning
Answers coming up...