Washington Civil War Association

Safety Questionnaire

1. All questions must be answered.

2. Questionnaire must be 100% correct before participation is allowed.

3. Return Questionnaire to Company Commander




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1. Open fires shall not be built closer than ________ from the nearest tents.
A. 50 feet B. 25 feet
C. 6 feet D. 2 feet

2. Discharge of weapons is prohibited within _______ feet of the powder magazines.
A. 25 feet B. 50 feet
C. 2 feet D. 6 feet

3. What may not be carried on Night Watch at events?
A. lanterns B. weapons
C. tent pegs D. answers to the Safety Test

4. No person under the age of _______ years may participate in a battle scenario on or off the battlefield.
A. 12 years if unarmed B. 14 years if unarmed
C. 16 years if unarmed D. 18 years if unarmed

5. All members of a reenactment unit must acquaint themselves with:
A. where to buy black powder B. what size of musket caps to get
C. field surgery D. safety regulations

6. When are open flames or smoking prohibited?
A. when talking to women in hoop skirts, rolling cartridge tubes, being prepared for the hospital scenarios and within 50' of any cavalry horses
B. when handling black powder, after battle muster, during battle, after battle until weapons cleaned, around ammo boxes or chests and within 25' of caissons
C. when baking hardtack, demonstrating  weaving techniques, after 9 PM at night and on any day when it rains more than 1 inch per hour
D. when making ammo boxes, after battle when the weapons have been cleaned, at Church, and within 25' of any cavalry horse

7. What action will take place if you are found under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
A. banishment from the W.C.W.A.          
B.  immediate suspension from all event activities
C. nothing           
D. whatever is decided by your company commander

8. What action will most likely take place if you are found in possession of illegal drugs?
A. immediate banishment from the WCWA
B. immediate suspension from all event activities
C. immediate arrest and conviction
D. immediate slap on the wrist

9. Who has the authority to authorize the firing of a weapon?
A. the nearest corporal B. anyone
C. your company commander D. you do

10. When must Colors or Standards be given up?
A. whenever the bearer is killed or captured B. whenever they are dropped to the ground
C. whenever you are asked to do so D. whenever you cannot run away

11. When are fireworks allowed at events?
A. they are allowed with permission B. they are not allowed

12. What is the first priority of the WCWA?
A. cars in camp B. women in uniform
C. unmounted cavalry D. safety

13. The cry "MEDIC" is to be used:
A. when you are pretending to be wounded B. when the surgeon is approaching
C. when on the battle field only D. when a real medical emergency happens

14. Cap firing is allowed:
A. in a designated capping area B. wherever is convenient
C. only in military camp D. only on Saturday mornings

15. Weapons will be inspected:
A. at the end of each battle
B. in the morning of each day of an event before the first battle
C. before coming to an event
D. in the evening at the end of the event after the last battle

16. The minimum distance for firing towards opposing troops is:
A. 100 feet B. 75 feet C. 50 feet D. 30 feet

17. The maximum powder charge for muskets is:
A. .69 cal.=90 grains, .58 ca.=85 grains, .54 cal.=70 grains, 50 cal.=60 grains, .45 cal.=55 grains
B. .69 cal.=120 grains, .58 ca.=90 grains, .54 cal.=85 grains, 50 cal.=70 grains, .45 cal.=70 grains
C. .69 cal.=80 grains, .58 ca.=70 grains, .54 cal.=70 grains, .50 cal.=60 grains,  .45 cal.=50 grains
D. .69 cal.=65 grains, .58 ca.=50 grains, .54 cal.=45 grains, 50 cal.=35 grains, .45 cal.=25 grains

18. Longarms use ___________ grade of powder.
A. FFg or FFFg B. Fg or smaller
C. it doesn't matter D. smokeless

19. When may ramrods be drawn during battle?
A. always B. never

20. Firing from a prone position is allowed:
A. if choreographed and with company and brigade commander permission
B. if it looks good to the audience
C. if your 2nd sergeant tells you to
D. if the weather is good

21. What types of powder are forbidden in the WCWA?
A. Cream of Wheat B. Puffed Rice
C. Granulated Sugar D. Pyrodex and other smokeless powders

22. "Cease Fire" may be yelled by:
A. company commanders only B. battalion commander only
C. anyone with rank of sergeant or above D. anyone who sees an unsafe act
or condition

23. Hand-to-hand combat is permitted:
A. only if close to the audience
B. only if at least 300 feet from the audience
C. only if choreographed, rehearsed in advance and okayed by both brigade commanders
D. only if your 2nd sergeant tells you to

24. Combatants may not advance for Hand to Hand combat:
A. if their weapons are loaded B. if their weapons are not loaded
C. if their dance card isn't signed D. unless they hear "Simon Says" first

25. What kinds of weapons are allowed to use FFFFg powder?
A. pistols B. carbines C. 2 band rifles D. all weapons

26. If your loaded weapon misfires 3 times on the battlefield:
A. reload and try again B. dump the powder and become a casualty
C. reload and recap the musket D. ask your sergeant to trade weapons

27. When you "cap off" your weapon, what do you look for?
A. that the gasses from the rifle barrel cause grass to move in the blast
B. that there are no percussion caps on the rifled musket
C. that your weapon is not loaded
D. that the gaseous emissions from the rifle barrel do not cause problems
with the EPA

28. When can you carry powder flasks on your person?
A. only at backcountry events and only for loading pistols
B. never
C. when you are allowed to carry a pistol
D. only if your 2nd sergeant tells you it is acceptable

29. Who has ULTIMATE responsibility for your safety at WCWA events?
A.       your parents do        B. the President       C. you do
D. your unit commander

30. Mounted riders can fire at no less than what angle off their horses?
A. 30 from horse's ears B. 60 from horse's ears
C. 90 from horse's ears D. 120 from horse's ears

31. What is inspected on mounted cavalry?
A. all hooves, weapons and horse tack B. all moving parts
C. eyes, ears and noses of all participants D. the teeth for cavities

32. What do a new horse and rider have to do before they can participate in battles?
A. be checked for scurvy and rickets
B. be tested for reaction to battle activities prior to battle
C. show knowledge of proper artillery drill
D. demonstrate knowledge of hand signals for turns and stops

33. Are stallions allowed to participate at WCWA events?
A. stallions are actively encouraged
B. mares and geldings are allowed, stallions may not participate
C. only mares are allowed on the battle field
D. mares and geldings are strongly encouraged, stallions participate if
the battalion commander okays it

34. Should a horse be tied by the reins?
A.  yes   B.  no   C.  maybe, maybe not   D. it's hard to say

35. Mounted riders must slow to a walk on the battlefield for what reasons?
A. wherever soldiers are casualties on the battle field
B. whenever horses are tired
C. whenever the terrain requires it
D. whenever artillery crew members are within 100 feet

36. What should participants do when a horse is loose on the battlefield?
A. block its escape route
B. call the Humane Society
C. ignore it and continue the battle no matter what
D. they should not approach a loose horse unless instructed by cavalry troopers

37. Sabers can be drawn by mounted riders during a battle:
A. when battle is about to begin B. when the spectators can watch
C. never D. only when ordered by company commander

38. Link straps are attached to:
A. the curbstone         B. the saddle        C. the halter         D. the martingale

39. Mounted riders should stay ______  from artillery crews and infantry troops.
A.    10 foot intervals       B. 20 foot intervals      C. 30 foot intervals       D. 40 foot intervals

40. The minimum number of crewmen needed to work one muzzleloading cannon is:
A.2    B.4    C.6    D.8

41. An ammunition box must be kept at least ______ feet from any spectator.
A.15    B.25   C.35   D.45

42. An artillery piece must have  this documentation before being allowed to participate.
A. a certification of inspection    B. an emissions certification
C. Coggins Papers    D. EPA Statement

43. The safety boundary of a cannon is _____ feet.
A.75    B.65    C.55    D.45

44. Ammunition boxes must have what type of lid?
A. wooden         B. leather covered        C. self-closing         D. wooden with brass hinges

45. You can recognize ground charges because:
A. you can't see them, they are completely hidden
B. they look like cans buried in the ground with flour covered by plastic wrap
C. they have red flags on 4 foot poles by each one
D. they are at the bottom of a 2 foot depression

46. Powder charges must be carried from the ammunition box to the cannon in:
A. a leather haversack    B. a plastic garbage bag
C. a jean cloth haversack    D. bare hands only

47. The safety distance from a ground charge is ______ feet.
A.2    B.5    C.20    D.50

48. An ammunition box must be placed at least ______ feet from its associated cannon.
A. 5     B. 15    C. 25    D. 35

49. Ground charges are placed by:
A. the Fife and Drum Corps    B. the Marine Corps
C. the U.S. and Confederate battalion staff    D. the Engineer Corps

50. What shall be cleaned at the end of every day?
A. all weapons    B. all horses
C. all cars    D. all tents

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