Test Your Knowledge: Famous Pirates Quiz
by Staff
When the seas were wild and untamed, criminally-minded sailors terrorized ships and cities the world over. How much do you know about these famous pirates?

What was the pirate name for John Roberts, who captured hundreds of ships in the early 1700s?

  • Black Sam
  • Black Jack
  • Black Bart

What was John Rackam's pirate name?

  • John King
  • Black Caesar
  • Calico Jack

How was Calico Jack finally apprehended by a pirate hunter?

  • He got drunk.
  • He fell off of his ship.
  • He fell for a woman who was actually a spy.

Black Caesar operated with which other well-known pirate?

  • Blackbeard
  • William Kidd
  • Francis Drake

Who was also known as the "Rhode Island Pirate?"

  • Thomas Tew
  • Henry Every
  • John Taylor

What was the pirate nickname for Edward Teach?

  • Blackbeard
  • Long Ben
  • Dread Pirate Roberts

What does "barbarossa" mean in English?

  • red beard
  • black face
  • yellow belly

How did Aruj (the eldest Barbarossa brother) lose an arm?

  • shot off by a cannon
  • chopped off by sword
  • bitten by a shark

How many ships might have belonged to the pirate named Cheung Po Tsai?

  • about 2,000
  • about 1,200
  • about 600

Blackbeard was famous for eschewing what sort of behavior?

  • violence
  • sex
  • drunkenness

How many ships did the Barbarossa Brothers capture in a single month in 1512?

  • at least eight
  • at least 11
  • at least 23

Which man was often called "The Gentleman Pirate?"

  • George Booth
  • John Bowen
  • Stede Bonnet

How did Blackbeard manage to get within striking distance of the ships that he attacked?

  • He used a variety of flags.
  • His ships were faster than most.
  • He knew the ocean currents better than most captains.

In the 1600s, which country deemed Francis Drake a pirate?

  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Russia

In addition to raiding many towns and enslaving many people, for what feat is Francis Drake known?

  • sinking an entire fleet in one battle
  • sailing around the world
  • killing a king

In 1695, Henry Every raided a ship and took treasure that would be worth about how much in today's dollars?

  • $7 million
  • $76 million
  • $176 million

Why did Blackbeard ignite substances hidden under his hat?

  • to help him light his pipe
  • It made it easier to ignite weapons.
  • The smoke made him look scary.

Anne Bonny fought like a man and joined in with which well-known pirate?

  • Henry Morgan
  • Calico Jack
  • Blackbeard

"Sea Dogs" were basically a pirate group authorized by the government of which country?

  • England
  • France
  • United States

What happened to the Sea Dogs once Spain and England made peace?

  • They started pirating in other places.
  • They were disbanded.
  • They were slaughtered.

Which pirate created the Black Fleet, ships painted black with red sails?

  • Rusila
  • Stikla
  • Jeanne de Clisson

Why did the Lioness of Brittany prey on only French ships, often killing almost everyone onboard?

  • revenge for the killing of her husband
  • The French poisoned her livestock.
  • She was insane.

Which pirate was know to strangle victims with so much force that their eyes would pop out of their heads?

  • Francois l'Olonnais
  • Henry Morgan
  • Calico Jack

After they killed him, what did attackers do to Blackbeard?

  • fed him to sharks
  • chopped off his head
  • burned his body

Benjamin Hornigold was a pirate who was pardoned in exchange for hunting which other pirate?

  • Blackbeard
  • Captain Kidd
  • John Coxon

Which pirate was known as the "Bane of the Spanish?"

  • Piet Hein
  • De Veenboer
  • Francois l'Olonnais

Francois l'Olonnais supposedly performed what act in retribution for an ambush?

  • cut out a sailor's heart and bit it
  • gouged out an attacker's eyes and fed them to wild hogs
  • cut off a man's legs and threw him into the ocean

Ching Shih, a female pirate in the early 1800s, may have commanded how many pirates?

  • at least 100
  • at least 1,000
  • perhaps tens of thousands

Which famous pirate may not have been a pirate?

  • William Kidd
  • Dread Pirate Roberts
  • Red Legs Greaves

How did Ching Shih's career of piracy come to an end?

  • She caught the flu.
  • She was tried and executed.
  • She retired and started a new business.