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And Pirate Trivia Game!
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Here we are for Halloween 2003 dressed up as pirates!


MaMa (Brenda) Bear

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Baby (Billy) Bear

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All of the questions come from the source listed below. And the trivia is a way to educate. Since this is an intense topic, I felt this was a better way than writing a long report.
So, don't feel bad if you don't know all the answers. Just enjoy!  Keep track of your correct answers.

1. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." But he also wrote this popular pirate story. What is it?

2. Pirates made you walk the plank as punishment.  True or False?


3. Who were "Sea Beggars?"
a. Pirate's children
b. Dutch pirates
c. Stowaways on the ship
d. A term pirates called a shark.

4. Which animal did pirates use to bribe officials?

a. Parrots
b. Monkeys
c. Turtles
d. Exotic fish

5. The captain of the ship was often:

a. The most educated.
b. The most experienced sailor.
c. The one who got the most votes by the crew and elected as captain.
d. The wealthiest.

6. The earliest pirates were:
a. Greeks
b. Romans
c. Vikings
d. Danish
e. All of the above


7.  Pirates wore fancy clothes made of silks, velvet, taffeta, etc.  True or False?

8. The most notorious pirates were from the South China Sea. Their leader was Captain Cheng who formerly was a:

a. Boy prince and 16 yrs. old
b. A woman
c. A samurai
d. An escaped slave.

9. A typical pirate plunder was:

a. Doubloons
b. Spices
c. Pieces of 8
d. Tobacco and Silks

10. A pirate is someone who robs and plunders on the sea. So what is a "privateer"?

a. A pirate with 5 years of experience or more.
b. A pirate with a letter from the king to attack enemies of their country.
c. A pirate who is a citizen of no country and on plunders on his own.
d. Someone who buys pirate's goods to sell in his store.

11. Piracy began in:

a. 1450
b. 1550
c. 1650
d. 1750

12. Buccaneers where pirates who:

a. Operated in the Caribbean only.
b. Operated off the Eastern US only.
c. Operated off England's shores only.
d. All of the above.

13. In the book, "Treasure Island" what's the name of the ship?

a. The Hispaniola
b. The Cosair
c. The Good Fortune
d. The Concepcion

14. Gilbert & Sullivan wrote "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1879. It was first written as a poem. True or False?

15. Who was the star of the pirate movie "Captain Blood"?
a. Errol Flynn
b. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
c. Clark Gable
d. Charles Laughlin

16. Which author below has written fictitious tales about pirates:
a. Robert Louis Stevenson
b. Walter Scott
c. Lord Byron
d. Rafael Sabatini
e. All of the above

17. The famous pirate Henry Morgan justified his actions because he carried a commission on him at all times by the governor of which country?

a. Panama
b. Jamaica
c. Bermuda
d. Puerto Rico

18. Pieces of Eight had the Spanish Coat of Arms on one side and this on the other side:

a. Three ships representing the Spanish Armada
b. The queen
c. Pillars of Hercules at Straights of Gibraltar
d. A cross

19.Escaped black slaves from Panama who helped Francis Drake fight the Spanish were called:
a. Cimaroons
b. Blacdoons
c. Commonairs
d. Pamorians

20. Steven Spielberg produced a pirate movie titled?

21. The name of the parrot in "Treasure Island" was:

a. Polly
b. My Matty
c. Cap'nFlint
d. It didn't have a name. Ha!

22. In real life, pirates did have wooden legs. They weren't usually the captain of the ship however, like Long John Silver in "Treasure Island." So what was their job?

a. Navigation
b. Cooking
c. Rope and Sail repair
d. All of the above

23. In "Peter Pan", Captain Hook was called that because...

a. He had a long hook nose.
b. He had a hook for a hand.
c.  That was his real name.
d. He was known to hang his enemies on a hook rather than walk the plank.

24. Pirates who operated in the Mediterranean were called:

a. Brutairs
b. Mediterrers
c. Cosairs
d. Cretians

25. Most pirates were professional seamen. True or False?

26. Blackbeard the pirate was known for his black beard. Well, duh? ;)  But he also:

a. had a black crow as a pet.
b. braided black ribbons in his beard.
c. smoked a black pipe.
d. carried a pistol with a black onyx handle.

27. Pirates carried many pistols on them because:

a. They felt it made them more intimidating
b. It was the fashion statement of the times.
c. It was a status symbol.  The more the better!
d. For back-up if one of the others failed.

28. American pirates came mostly from:

a. Boston and New York
b. Salem and Newport
c. Charleston
d. All of the above.

29. In the 17th century, most of the men in buccaneer ships were:

a. French and Spanish
b. French and British
c. French and Dutch
d. French only

30. In the movie "The Black Pirate" the main star was:

a. Errol Flynn
b. Rudolph Valentino
c. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
d. John Huston

31. Which fictitious pirate today has a fast food fish chain named after him?

32. In the 1570's most pirating was done here:

a. In Jamaica waters
b. In Panama waters
c. In the Mediterranean
d. In the Pacific Ocean off Brazil

33. Pieces of Eight came in both gold and silver known as Reales and Escudos. If you were to ask a pirate for a gold piece of 8, which one would he give you?

34. The captain owned the ship. True or False.

35. In pirate terms a "pink" was:

a. A captured person pleading for his life.
b. A Dutch fishing boat.
c. A rose gold piece of eight.
d. A gay pirate.

36. In pirate terms, a "waggoner" was:

a. The small rowboats tied to sides of a ship
b. The sailor in charge of getting supplies on the ship
c. A type of ship that had no cannons or defense
d. Sea atlas named after Lucas Waghenaer

37. Which of the following is not a real pirate.
a. Captain Kidd
b. Captain Francis Drake
c. Captain DeFoe
d. Captain Henry Morgan

38. The best way pirates used to catch their victims' ships was:

a. Sailing fast and ramming the ship
b. Surrounding the ship with rowboats of pirates first for intimidation
c. Using female pirates as decoys
d. Flying a false flag to hide they were pirates

39. The black pirate flag with skull and crossbones as we know it was nicknamed what?
a. The Jolly Roger
b. The Blackjack
c. The Death Mask
d. All of the above

40. The average age of a pirate was:

a. 16
b. 21
c. 24
d. 27


How did you do? 
If the number you got correct  was:


 You really were born to plunder and pillage. 
But, alas yea were born to late. Arrrgh!!


You've watched a lot of movies and read books.
But, you're lacking hearty sea legs.


It's obvious you didn't tell your career counselor you wanted to be a pirate. 


It's time for you to walk the plank!! Yo! Ho!

Source: "Under The Black Flag" by David Cordingly
Random House, NY © 1995


Brownielocks has now made a lot of fun pirate products in her Zazzle store.
Some are for "Talk Like A Pirate Day" (September 19) and some are just pirate-patterned products.


Yo, Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)
From: Pirates of the Caribbean by Disney
Music: George Bruns  and Lyrics: Xavier Atencio

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.

Yo ho! Yo ho!  A pirate's life for me!

We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.
Maraud and embezzle and even highjack.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.

Yo ho! Yo ho!  A pirate's life for me!

We kindle and char, inflame and ignite.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.

We're rascals, scoundrels, villains and knaves.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.
We're devils and black sheep, ... really bad eggs.
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.

Yo ho! Yo ho!  A pirate's life for me!

We're beggars and blighters and ne'er do-well cads,
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mommies and dads,
Drink up me hearties, Yo Ho.

Help! I'm Drowning!



A Pirate Limerick

There once was a pirate named Hook
He was nothing but a dirty crook.
He had a crew
Who liked to sniff his shoe.
He got so mad he hit them with a book.

Submitted By:
Diva Culbertson 's  2nd Grade Class
Booth-Fickett Math/Science Magnet of Tuscon, AZ


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