Pirate Myths, Legends, & Superstitions

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Come aboard this here ship and test your wits regarding the life of a pirate, and the many beasts and legends that accompany it. Do you know your stuff or will you be walking the plank?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was a selkie?

    • A.

      A half human-half whale creature

    • B.

      A half human-half crab creature

    • C.

      A half human-half seal creature

    Correct Answer
    C. A half human-half seal creature
    Explanation
    A selkie is a mythical creature that is believed to be a half human-half seal creature. In folklore, selkies are said to have the ability to transform from seal to human form by shedding their seal skin. They are often depicted as beautiful creatures with a captivating voice. Selkies are frequently found in Scottish and Irish folklore, where they are known for their enchanting songs and their ability to bring good fortune or tragedy to those who encounter them. They are often associated with stories of love and longing, as they are said to take human lovers but always feel a deep longing for the sea.

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  • 2. 

    How large was the Kraken?

    • A.

      200-300 feet in length.

    • B.

      30-40 feet in length.

    • C.

      100-150 feet in length.

    Correct Answer
    A. 200-300 feet in length.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 200-300 feet in length. The Kraken was known as a legendary sea monster in Scandinavian folklore, described as a giant squid or octopus-like creature. The given answer suggests that the Kraken was massive, measuring between 200-300 feet long. This aligns with the common depiction of the Kraken as an enormous and fearsome creature capable of causing havoc in the ocean.

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  • 3. 

    Who started the myth of the "black spot"?

    • A.

      Ted Elliot

    • B.

      Terry Rossio

    • C.

      Robert Louis

    Correct Answer
    C. Robert Louis
    Explanation
    Robert Louis Stevenson is the correct answer because he popularized the myth of the "black spot" in his novel "Treasure Island." In the book, the black spot is a symbol of impending doom and death, used by pirates to mark someone for execution. Stevenson's portrayal of the black spot has since become a well-known and widely referenced element in pirate lore and has been featured in various adaptations of the story.

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  • 4. 

    What kind of gull was said to be sent from the Mother-of-God?

    • A.

      Sea gull

    • B.

      Storm-petrel

    • C.

      Albatross

    Correct Answer
    B. Storm-petrel
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Storm-petrel. Storm-petrels are small seabirds known for their ability to withstand storms and rough seas. They are often associated with religious symbolism and are believed to be sent from the Mother-of-God, indicating their special significance. This explanation is based on the information provided in the question.

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  • 5. 

    It was bad luck to set sail on what day of the week?

    • A.

      Sunday

    • B.

      Wednesday

    • C.

      Friday

    Correct Answer
    C. Friday
    Explanation
    In many maritime cultures, Friday was considered an unlucky day to set sail. This superstition can be traced back to various historical events and beliefs. One such event is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is believed to have taken place on a Friday. Additionally, in Norse mythology, Friday is associated with the goddess Frigg, who was believed to bring bad luck. Furthermore, Friday was also considered a day of execution in some cultures, adding to the belief that it was an unlucky day to embark on a journey.

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  • 6. 

    Where was the only reported case of buried treasure hidden?

    • A.

      Long Island, NY

    • B.

      West coast of Haiti

    • C.

      Cape of Good Hope

    Correct Answer
    A. Long Island, NY
    Explanation
    Long Island, NY is the correct answer because it is the location where the only reported case of buried treasure was hidden. This suggests that there is a specific instance of hidden treasure on Long Island, NY, making it distinct from the other options.

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  • 7. 

    Which pirate was most often made out to be "larger than life" or more than he truly was?

    • A.

      Black Beard

    • B.

      Mary Read

    • C.

      Captain Kidd

    Correct Answer
    A. Black Beard
    Explanation
    Black Beard is the correct answer because he was often portrayed as a larger-than-life figure in popular culture and folklore. Black Beard's fearsome appearance, with his long black beard and multiple weapons, contributed to his exaggerated reputation. He was known for his ruthless nature and was said to have tied slow-burning fuses into his beard, creating a terrifying image. These exaggerated stories and legends surrounding Black Beard have made him the pirate who was most often made out to be "larger than life."

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  • 8. 

    Hair and nails were thought to be offering to what goddesses?

    • A.

      Athena

    • B.

      Calypso

    • C.

      Prosperpina

    Correct Answer
    C. Prosperpina
    Explanation
    Hair and nails were thought to be offering to the goddess Prosperpina. In ancient Roman mythology, Prosperpina was the queen of the underworld and the wife of Pluto. It was believed that offerings of hair and nails were made to her as a way to appease her and seek her favor. These offerings were seen as a form of sacrifice and devotion to the goddess.

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