Take This Quiz To See If You Could Survive The End Of Civilization

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How good are your emergency survival skills, really? Can you treat a snake bite, outsmart a bear? Would you survive an earthquake or flash flood? Did you stock your emergency supply kit correctly... or would you be stuck up a creek without a paddle? Don't wait until you're in hot water to see if you'd survive. Test your skills with this quiz! The end is probably not coming... but it never hurts to be prepared.

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1. The entire city has blacked out. What's your first move?

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  1. Panic!
  2. Unplug all electrical appliances
During a blackout, turn off all electrical appliances to avoid damaging them in case of a power surge. Store any perishable food in your freezer so that they keep as long as possible. Then, check on your neighbors to see if they need help.
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2. Bears took over the city. If you run into one:

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  1. Offer it some honey
  2. Play it some music
  3. Back away slowly
  4. Hope that it's friendly
If you encounter a bear, do not look it in the eye! Also, back away slowly. Do not run!
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3. In the middle of a lightning storm:

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  1. Get to low ground, avoid hills
  2. Climb a tree
  3. Jump into a lake and hold your breath
  4. Enjoy it
Stay away from water and tall objects during lightning storms. Get to low ground, crouch down, and wait it out.
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4. Out of liquids? By how many days do you have to find water?

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  1. 13 days
  2. 3 days
Because 60% of the body is water, we need it to keep functioning. Food, on the other hand, is another story. We can do without it for up to three weeks.
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5. Better stock up! You can also use hand sanitizer to:

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  1. Moisturize your face
  2. Start a fire
  3. Create an indoor slip and slide
  4. Season meat
Hand sanitizer not only keeps your hands free from germs, but it is also a great source of emergency fuel!
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6. Pick the most effective emergency signal:

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  1. Plumes of red smoke
  2. Yelling at the top of your lungs
Smoke signals are by far the best emergency signal, especially red ones. Why? Only aircraft can read large words in clearings or your yell may not be loud enough, but a smoke signal will be visible to boats, aircrafts, and passers-by, increasing your chances of survival.
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7. Go shopping one last time before the apocalypse. Buy:

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  1. Fresh vegetables, beer, and chicken
  2. Sports drinks, canned soups, and crackers
  3. Wine, steak, and oranges
  4. Fresh juice, cheese, and bread
Emergency preparedness means buying nutritional foods that won't go bad, even after months in the cupboard. Think sports drinks, crackers, canned foods, peanut butter, dried fruit, and granola bars!
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8. Where is this river crossable?

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  1. At its deepest point
  2. At its shallowest point
Crossing a river at its shallowest point is nearly always your safest bet. Another tip? When crossing swiftly-flowing water, always face upstream.
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9. Of these items, which would be most helpful in an emergency?

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  1. The roses, as room fresheners
  2. The mirror, for lighting fires
  3. The makeup brush, for cooking
  4. The lipstick, for writing
Mirrors are great emergency supplies! They can be used to light fires, or as signaling devices.
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10. Yes, you can drink the water left in this basin if:

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  1. You boil it first
  2. You like the taste of rust
  3. You add sugar to it
  4. You want to be adventurous
Boiling water is the best way to destroy all dangerous bacteria. Never trust that standing water is safe to drink, especially during the apocalypse!
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11. Which tool in your tool box is the most valuable?

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  1. The knife, you can use it to make other tools
  2. The wrench, you can hit animals over the head with it
A knife is the most essential tool to have in case of an emergency. Not only is it good for protection, cutting food, and firewood, but you can also use it to make other tools!
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12. Where should you camp out to conserve water in your body?

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  1. A parking lot
  2. A basement
  3. An open field
  4. A rooftop
Try a basement! Water can evaporate from your body in different ways, one of which is when you're out in the sun. If your water supply is low, stay out of it.
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13. Pick one of these things to save from your kitchen cabinet:

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  1. The hot sauce
  2. The peanut butter
  3. The chocolate syrup
  4. The coffee
We know, coffee is tempting, but go for the peanut butter. Why? Peanut butter is loaded with essential nutrients and proteins. It is also high in much-needed calories!
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14. When out in the city at night, make sure you:

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  1. Keep to well-lit areas
  2. Have a whistle
  3. Have pepper spray
  4. Do all of these things
All of these things! Especially during the apocalypse, it may be dangerous to be outside in the city at night. Make sure you keep to well-lit areas, avoid shortcuts, and have a whistle and pepper spray on you at all times.
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15. What should you do first, bandage your cut or build an emergency shelter?

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  1. Build an emergency shelter
  2. Bandage your cut
Shelter is important, but you may not be able to build one properly if you aren't healthy enough to do so. Tend to your immediate health concerns first. Then move onto other priorities. Think: protection, location, water, food.
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16. The lion broke out of the zoo. How might you survive an encounter?

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  1. Try to lasso it
  2. Yell at it
Lions aren't like bears or wild dogs. Backing away slowly won't help. Instead, make yourself look bigger than you actually are and yell at them.
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17. Your city is flooding. What should you do?

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  1. Go to the highest level of your building and wait for help
  2. Swim through the flood waters to high ground
You should never walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock you down!
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18. You get bitten by a spider! First:

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  1. Clean the wound and apply antibiotic ointment
  2. Try to suck out the venom
If bitten by a spider, follow these steps: first, clean the wound with mild soap and water; second, apply antibiotic cream; third, apply a cold, damp cloth or ice to reduce swelling.
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19. Build an emergency shelter:

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  1. Slightly bigger than your body
  2. Next to a bear cave
  3. With no air holes
  4. On an exposed hilltop
Creating an emergency shelter that is only slightly bigger than yourself helps preserve your body heat during colder nights, something that can make the difference between life and death.
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20. How should you treat a scorpion sting?

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  1. A defibrillator
  2. Ice it to reduce swelling
Less than 2% of scorpions have deadly stings. If you do get stung by one, apply some ice to bring down the swelling, and tough it out.
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21. What should you pack in your First Aid bag?

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  1. Bandages, antibiotics cream, and scissors
  2. Bandaids, a sun hat, and cold medicine
Here are the five First Aid essentials that we should all have, just in case: bandages and dressings, antibiotic cream, scissors, needle-nose tweezers, and gloves.
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22. Need smoke for your emergency signal? Add this to your fire:

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  1. Live branches
  2. A little bit of love
  3. Bugs
  4. Berries
Pro tip: adding live branches to your fire will increase the quantity of smoke it produces, giving you a better chance of getting noticed.
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23. Your friend is having a heart attack:

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  1. Give them aspirin
  2. Two words: Vicks VapoRub
  3. Pat them on the back
  4. Baths make everyone feel better
It's true. Taking an aspirin (especially chewing it) just might prevent a heart attack in its tracks! Why? A heart attack occurs when a blood clot forms in one of your heart's arteries. Aspirin works against blood clots.
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24. Up north there's a supermarket with supplies. How do you get there with no compass?

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  1. Just start walking
  2. Follow the way the wind blows
  3. Navigate using the North Star
  4. Go from memory
The North Star is the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation. It's located on Ursa's tail. If you can see it, you know you're facing north.
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25. Can you eat these berries?

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  1. Yes, all berries are safe
  2. Better not, if you can't identify them
Never eat a berry unless you know for certain that it is not toxic. Particularly stay away from yellow and white berries.
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26. To protect yourself from a wild dog:

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  1. Offer it sardines
  2. Do jumping jacks
  3. Avoid eye contact
  4. Start crying
Wild dogs behave a little bit like bears. Don't face a wild dog directly. Avoid eye contact, which dogs can perceive as a threat.
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27. To stay safe during an earthquake...

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  1. Run to the rooftop
  2. Get underneath a table and hold on to its legs
During an earthquake, try to find shelter under sturdy structures such as tables or beds. Grab onto the structure's legs. Don't run outside, you don't want the building to collapse on top of you.
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28. What can you use trash bags for in an emergency?

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  1. As insulating blankets
  2. As rain jackets
  3. All of these things
  4. As makeshift showers
All of these things! As it turns out, trash bags are great emergency supplies. How do you use them as a makeshift shower? Fill them up with water, and let them heat up in the sun. Then, pour them over your head!
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29. Choose an item in this bedroom that is good for first aid:

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  1. The books
  2. The picture frame
  3. The light shade
  4. The sheets
Sheets are a great emergency supply! They can not only be used as emergency bandages, but they can also be used as emergency fire escapes!
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30. Is a dry river bed safe to build a shelter in?

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  1. No, watch out for flash-flooding
  2. Yes, there's no better place
Stay away from dry river beds when camping or building emergency shelters! Dry river beds are conduits for water during flash floods.
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31. Your friend faints:

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  1. Pinch them
  2. Raise their feet above their heart
Why raise someone's feet above their heart after fainting? Doing so increases flow to their heart and brain, which may, in turn, wake them up!
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32. Out of food? What's safer to eat: plants or bugs?

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  1. Plants, all are edible
  2. Bugs, they often are high in protein
Bugs are much more likely to be safe to eat then plants. That said, stay away from brightly-colored bugs, as these are more likely to be poisonous!
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33. Got food poisoning? Treat it by:

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  1. Eating as much as you can
  2. Doing jumping jacks
  3. Sucking on ice chips and resting
  4. Drinking a coffee
Food poisoning often clears up on its own after 48 hours. The best thing you can do to feel better is to make yourself comfortable and to stay as hydrated as possible.
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34. Which water can you risk drinking if you absolutely have to?

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  1. A puddle
  2. Flowing water
  3. Ocean water
  4. Sewage water
Flowing water is generally safer to drink than standing water, which is more likely to harbor dangerous bacteria. Stay away from salty water at all costs.
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35. Which of the following is a sign of shock?

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  1. Rapid pulse and enlarged pupils
  2. Singing and dancing
All of these things! Don't underestimate shock. It's a life-threatening condition, especially when paired with an injury! Someone who is in shock should not move around, or eat or drink anything until treated.
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36. Don't get caught in lightning! Determine the distance of an oncoming storm by:

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  1. Counting the time between lightning and thunder claps
  2. Measuring the amount of rain that comes down per second
Here's exactly how you do it: count the seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and a clap of thunder. Then, divide that number by 5. Voila, you now know approximately how many miles away the storm is.
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37. When you're running out of food, preserve calories by:

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  1. Setting out on a long journey to find a supermarket
  2. Doing jumping jacks
  3. Going for a run
  4. Staying in one place and resting
If you're running out of food, limit physical activity as much as possible. Only partake in the most necessary calorie-burning activities, like making fires.
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38. What is morse code for S.O.S.?

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  1. 3 dots, 3 dashes, 3 dots
  2. 1 long dash
To ask for help in morse code: make three dots, three dashes, and then three dots. Translated into sound, this means: three short beeps, three long beeps, and three short beeps.
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39. When in a pinch, you can use a tampon as:

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  1. A fire starter
  2. A cat toy
Even men should have tampons in their emergency kits! They are great as nosebleed stoppers, temporary water filters, and as emergency fuel for fires.
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40. The ABC's of CPR are:

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  1. Artificial Birth Control
  2. Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
  3. Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass
  4. Airways, Breathing, Circulation
The "ABC's" of CPR is a way to identify life-threatening problems and diagnose them. "ABC" stands for: airway, breathing, circulation. Want to go further? “ABCDE” stands for: airway, breathing, circulation, disability, and exposure.
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41. If traveling by foot during the winter, drink sugary drinks to:

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  1. Guard against hypothermia
  2. Avoid having to go to the bathroom
Drinking something sugary can help maintain your body heat. Another way to avoid hypothermia is to keep moving, so that your muscles stay warm.
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42. When fishing to survive, stay away from:

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  1. Blue fish
  2. Fish with spines
If you can fish to survive, do so! That said, stay away from fish with spines and box-shaped fish. They are most likely toxic.
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43. How long can you survive without food?

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  1. 2 months
  2. Up to 3 weeks
Scientists estimate that we can survive up to 3 weeks without food. The exact time a human body can survive without food isn't scientifically established -- it would be unethical to do so!
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44. Stay warm! Light a fire with:

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  1. A stick and a piece of bark
  2. Damp wood and a rock
All of these methods work. The moral of the story? Don't sweat if you run out of matches. There are plenty of ways to light a fire without them!
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45. Ouch! When is it time to amputate?

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  1. Always amputate, just to be safe
  2. When an infection won't respond to antibiotics
  3. When a wound is deep
  4. When there is bruising around a wound
Consider amputation when faced with: a serious burn, a cancerous tumor in a bone or muscle, an infection that can't be treated by antibiotics, severe frostbite, or the thickening of nerve tissue.
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46. Stay away from all bears, but especially:

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  1. A sleepy bear
  2. A mama bear
Beware of mama bears! Mama bears don't just learn to protect their young from humans, they protect their young from male bears, who kill cubs that don't belong to them!
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47. Chemicals have splashed into your eyes! How long should you flush them out with water?

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  1. Around 20 minutes
  2. Up to 5 seconds
If you get chemicals in your eyes, flush them out with lukewarm water for between 15 and 20 minutes. For corrosive chemicals, you'll need to flush longer, for at least 30 minutes.
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48. Why stock up on condoms?

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  1. Condoms can be used as sling shots
  2. Condoms can be used to store water
  3. All of the above
  4. Condoms can be used as elastic bands
Who knew condoms had so many uses? Stock up on non-lubricated condoms to: use them for water storage, as elastic bands, as fire starters, or as slingshots.
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49. What color flare indicates an emergency?

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  1. Red
  2. White
  3. Blue
  4. Yellow
If packing flares in your emergency kit, go for red. A red flare indicates an emergency. White flares signal non-emergency situations, like finishing a race.
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50. This snake bites you. Are you in trouble?

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  1. No, it's a harmless garter snake
  2. Yes, it's a saw-scaled viper
Garter snakes are relatively harmless when it comes to humans. They're one of the most common varieties in North America and are often kept as pets.
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