The Quiz for People Who Want a Challenging Skills Test


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Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

The 21st century has given us plenty of comforts including the ability to easily google any questions we have. But what if you didn't have your phone and needed to survive Have you taken the time to develop your survival skills? What about basic knowledge skills like the right temperature for chicken or where to hang a picture frame? Certainly, knowing your way around a toolset is important. Maybe you even know how to fix a sink or a toilet, but are those the only skills you should have? Shouldn't you also have some basic outdoor skills? Of course you should. There are many other skills you should know as well, but it's more likely that most people can't pass this basic skills test. Obviously, these are skills that have been neglected and forgotten. 

How well would you do on a skills test? Here's your chance to find out.  If you believe you have what it takes, get started and show everyone that you're one of the few who has what it takes to get through some of the binds most people wouldn't know how to deal with. Go ahead and take this quiz! 

If you find yourself driving a manual transmission through a remote mountain pass and the brakes fail, what should you do?

You might also want to put on your hazard lights to warn other drivers, but don't try to dial 9-1-1 while you're driving a "runaway" vehicle - unless you have a passenger who can do it for you. Downshift from one gear to the next as quickly and safely as possible to help slow your speed when you're going downhill, and look for a safe place to pull off the road where you can coast to a stop, either on an uphill shoulder or the end of a truck ramp.


When changing a flat tire, what should you do before raising the car?

Flat tires are often replaced by donut tires. These tires are only meant to be driven on temporarily, at low speeds.


A compass needle always points where?

A compass points to the North Pole. This, of course, isn't true north, but it's close enough.


What is the bottom of a paddle for a canoe called?

Throughout history, canoes were common among cultures all over the world. Originally, they were made from wood, but today many canoes are made of plastic or fiberglass.


Where should you look when shaking hands?

Handshakes are common, particularly in the business world. For that reason, a firm handshake with eye contact can leave an impact on potential business partners​.


How do you avoid diaper rash on your baby after changing a diaper?

Newborn babies can urinate upwards of 20 times a day. This means their diaper may need to be changed every few hours.


How do you avoid getting tired and drowning if stuck in the water without a personal flotation device?

Although it seems counterintuitive, if you're in the water without a flotation device, saving energy is a priority. Most people are actually buoyant and can float on their own. If you can't float, then treading water is the next best option.


With hands-only​ CPR, you should push where?

CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) saves thousands of lives each year. It can actually triple a heart attack victim's chance of survival.


Should you pop a blister from a burn?

Burns can be nasty, and blisters make them much worse. However, popping those blisters can lead to infection, so just let them be while the skin heals.


When hanging a picture, you look for a ____ in the wall.

Studs can be located in a wall using a stud finder. You can also knock on the wall and aim for a spot that doesn't sound hollow.


How do you pour a beer into a cup?

Pouring a beer the wrong way can lead to foam pouring from the cup. If you pour the beer right, though, not only will it not foam over, but you'll also get the appropriate flavors from the beer.


Where should you split a piece of wood?

Because it's so easy to run by the store to pick up wood for a fire, chopping wood is a lost skill. For those interested, though, chopping wood can actually be a great workout.


To complete a pull-up​, what must pass the bar?

A pull up is when your hands are facing away from you, working your back and biceps. A chin up is when your hands are facing toward you and while it also works your back, it also focuses on your biceps.


What should you use to clean a grill?

You can also use a coarse cleaning brush as long as it's sturdy enough to handle the grease that's likely built up in the grates. You should use a stiff wire brush and soapy water to scrub the inside of the grill.


A traditional martini includes what?

Martinis are very popular drinks, particularly at high-end restaurants. Traditionally, martinis are made with gin, though vodka is also accepted as well as olive juice and dry vermouth.


What should you use to start a fire?

Tinder can be finely chopped wood or other small, dry materials like twigs and dead leaves. But it won't burn for long, so you need to have the rest of your fire setup ready to go.


What's the most efficient way to carry someone to safety over a significant distance?

Someone who is unconscious or unable to walk should be hoisted over your shoulder and carried to safety. This allows your legs to do most of the work and helps distribute the weight.


What is one way to tell directions if you don't have a compass?

The most common star used to tell directions is the North Star. It can be found in the Little Bear constellation and is also known as Ursa.


What do you do before fixing a leaking faucet?

A leaky faucet can leak thousands of gallons of water each year. Fixing this problem can save you hundreds of dollars on your water bill. Sure, you could call a plumber to fix yours - but that doesn't necessarily qualify as a "man skill."


When you're hiking, how do you deter bears or keep from startling them?

Bears actually don't enjoy confrontation and will try to avoid you. However, they won't avoid food, so keep that put away.


In poker, will two pair beat a three of a kind?

A set of any cards beats two pairs. A full house also beats a flush. And of course, the highest hand in poker is the coveted royal flush - which is the ace, king, queen, jack and ten, all in the same suit, plus bragging rights forever.


An overhead cast allows a fisher to cast for what?

Some say the longer the cast, the longer the fish story. This technique is the basic fly fishing cast.


Where should you kick a door to knock it down?

You should not kick the actual lock of a door, this can hurt your foot and is actually less effective overall.


If you're bitten by a snake, what common piece of advice should you NOT follow?

Plenty of movies make sucking venom out of a snake bite seem like a viable option. It is not and can lead to infection or sending venom into the bloodstream. Although snakebite kits exist, research strongly indicates that they do not work so the safest option is to apply a pressure immobilization bandage till you get to a hospital.


Where can you get clean water in the wilderness?

There's no guarantee that river water or lake water is clean. Therefore, if you're stuck outside, the best option is to collect rain water which also collects on leaves. You can also boil water to disenfect it or use the SODIS method (Solar water disinfection) which uses the sun’s energy for disinfection. The most common approach is to expose plastic bottles full of contaminated water to the sun for a minimum of 24 hours.


When ironing a shirt, the shirt should be what?

Irons require heat to work effectively. Before electricity, an iron was heated over a fire. The dampness allows it to smooth it out but not burn the material.


What type of bear, if it attacks, should you try to fight back?

For some bears, like a grizzly defending cubs, if you can't get to safety, you should play dead while protecting your head and neck with your arms. This isn't the case when you're attacked by a black bear, which is generally smaller than other types of bears, and doesn't have the distinctive back-bump of a grizzly. Make yourself as large as possible, keep making plenty of loud noise, and keep looking for a weapon to use or a way to safely escape.


What is the safe internal temperature for consuming chicken?

The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165° Fahrenheit (75° Celsius). Eating under cooked or raw chicken can be hazardous to your health and can lead to E. coli or salmonella.


What is it called when you cut a tree into smaller pieces?

Bucking a tree is useful for transporting a tree that has fallen or been cut down. It also produces sections that are easier to chop for firewood.


If a person is choking, tell them to do what before performing the Heimlich maneuver?

The Heimlich Maneuver can actually be very dangerous even if performed correctly, therefore other options should be used first such as coughing. The maneuver is when sudden strong pressure is applied on the abdomen, between the belly button and the rib cage.


When hiking, what should you wear to avoid snake bites?

Snakes can be hard to see, especially if they're hiding underneath brush or a rock. Therefore, boots can be vital if you want to protect the most vulnerable parts of your legs and feet.


How should you brake in the snow?

In states where snow is common, people often buy cheap cars specifically for the snow. If such a car gets stuck or wrecked, it can just be abandoned until the snow clears.


What's the key to small talk?

Other important factors in successfully engaging in small talk include remembering the person's name and taking into consideration your surroundings as a topic.


What kind of water should you treat frostbite with?

Frostbite usually starts at the outer extremities because the body protects the vital organs first. The temperature should be 99 to 104 F (37 to 40 C) and the process should take about 30 minutes. You can stop once the skin becomes its normal color or loses its numbness. Don't use direct heat such as a stove, heat lamp, fireplace or heating pads as this can cause burns.


What should you NOT do in the process of parallel parking?

As more drivers hit the road, parallel parking only gets more difficult. Hazard lights might make a lot of those other drivers think you're double-parked right there in the road, which could actually create more of a hazard than if you'd just used your signal.


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