The Ultimate Pepper Spray Quiz
If you are being attacked by an assailant or a vicious dog, pepper spray can be a life saver. Take this quiz to learn more about pepper spray.
When did law enforcement bodies start to use pepper spray?
Why would an individual want to use pepper spray?
- to spice up his food
- as a means of self-defense
- for religious purposes
What is the main component of pepper spray?
- freshly ground black pepper
- extract of chili peppers
- powdered bell pepper
How long does it take to work from the moment you spray it?
- It varies between people, but usually between three and five minutes.
- It often takes two minutes to set in.
- The result is immediate.
After much exposure to pepper spray, what are the long-term effects?
- There are none, because it wears off after a few hours.
- Your vision deteriorates.
- It affects your vocal cords permanently.
Which of these are true about capsaicin, the active compound in pepper spray?
- It is odorless and colorless.
- It is flavorless and can cause blisters on your skin.
- Both of the above are correct.
What are the three spray patterns of aerosol canisters?
- haze, daze, shock
- screen, veil, cloud
- stream, mist, fog
What do pepper sprays have to prevent accidental triggering of the spray?
- a safety valve
- a safety mechanism
- a safety cover
How does capsaicin affect the body so strongly?
- It attacks the fatty tissue around the heart.
- It triggers an adrenaline rush.
- It reacts with the body's nerve endings.
Aside from an intense burning sensation, what else might happen to your throat upon exposure to pepper spray?
- You might start coughing, have difficulty breathing and find your throat swelling.
- It might close up completely, giving you no oxygen for about 30 minutes.
- You might become hoarse, then lose the power of speech altogether.
What effect does pepper spray have on the environment?
- Little effect -- it decomposes within a few months.
- None -- it is biodegradable.
- A negative effect -- it takes years to dissipate into the atmosphere.
Why is using pepper spray a controversial issue?
- because it is so costly to produce
- because it has contributed to some deaths
- because it causes trauma to the victim
Pepper spray contains the oil oleoresin capsicum. What is the best method of washing it off?
- using a cleansing soap or detergent
- using regular water from the faucet
- using a solvent
Why should you avoid touching an affected area?
- because it is considered bad manners
- because you might infect someone else
- because you might spread it further if you touch
If you get pepper spray in your eyes, what should you do?
- Put in eye drops that lubricate the eye ball.
- Blink rapidly and use a "no tears" shampoo to flush it out.
- Scream loudly to attract attention.
You have your own personal pepper spray on hand to fend off attack. What should you carry with you in case of an accident?
- an extra can of spray
- a cell phone
- medicated wipes
According to U.S. law, what is the position regarding carrying pepper spray for personal use?
- It is legal for all persons over the age of 18.
- It varies from state to state.
- You must obtain a special license to carry pepper spray.
Is pepper spray allowed in war, according to international agreements?
- No, it is only allowed for peacetime activities, ever since 1982.
- Yes, as long as it is used with "wise calculation."
- No, it was banned as a weapon of war in 1972.
In which country do you need a legal permit to carry your own pepper spray?
What is the price range for a small can of pepper spray?
- between $5 and $30
- between $10 and $50
- between $20 and $70