July 27, 2012 in Quizzes
I love quizzes, and always have. Why? I have no idea. There is just something fun about a question posed in a multiple choice or fill-in-the-bank format. Do I know the answer? Can I figure it out through the process of elimination? If I get them all right can give myself a double fist pump in the air?
I’ll take any kind of quiz (trivia, 80s music, books, movie quotes) but some of my favorites are the ones that claim to be able to tell me something about myself. Quibblo has a Which Jane Austen Character Are You? quiz. Of course, I didn’t need to take that one to know I’m about as close to Elinor from Sense and Sensibility as you can get. Naturally, the Which Jane Austen Man Is For You? was next up on my list. Imagine my surprise when the answer turned out to be Mr. Edward Ferrars! I always did like Hugh Grant…
But I’ll tell you what. If Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy asked me to marry him, I wouldn’t say no. I think I could deal with a little misplaced pride if it meant looking into those eyes for the rest of my life.
I had a field day with the Who Do You Write Like? quiz at Cheryl Reif Writes. I pasted in different writing samples…some humorous, some not…until it turns out that I write like Rudyard Kipling and James Joyce. This frightens me because (a) I was expecting a “Sophie Kinsella” response, and (b) I could never understand James Joyce. Perhaps I need to work on clarity in my writing?
Bolton Carley’s Blog has an amusing exercise in trying to figure out your “ladies-of-a-certain age” name. It’s not a quiz per se, but scrolling down the list of personality traits associated with old-fashioned names (think Esther, Hattie, and Maude) was a hoot. I found about five that suited me in some way, so I might have to be a Southern old lady with multiple names, like Billy Joe Bob, except, you know, the feminine version.
Want to find out your old man name? She has that too!
I loved the purportedly scientific What Does Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Say About You? at Ice Cream Flavorology. My favorite, hands down, is mint chocolate chip ice cream, which means I am
“…ambitious and confident…yet a little skeptical about life. You are a realist who prepares for the future, needing a solid plan to feel secure. While your stubbornness is a business asset, it can add a challenging element to your relationships. Nonetheless, your loyalty, honesty, and dependability create lasting friendships and close family ties.”
Wow…mint chocolate chip ice cream lovers sound great!
Jennifer Chow sent up a wonderful quiz on her blogpost The Animal Inside You. I clicked right on over to The Animal Personality Test, where I read with interest that this quiz could be
“…used to find out how people relate to each other, how they respond to their environment, or how to resolve issues.”
This was right up my alley. I couldn’t wait to take the quiz, so I started right on my iPhone, which I’d like to point out has a tiny screen that doesn’t always show everything there is to see unless I manually scroll around.
I zipped through the quiz and clicked the “Submit” button, anxious to see which of the four animals (lion, otter, beaver, or golden retriever) I was most like. Except…you had to sign up to get your results. (Actually, this is not true. There is a microscopic button that says something like “No, I don’t want to sign up. Just give me my results!” but I didn’t see it because my iPhone screen is tiny.) So, I signed up. Why not? I thought the author of the quiz had some interesting things to say, and perhaps there were more quizzes to be found. Besides, I’ve been signing up for everything lately (Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) so what was one more? I did wonder why they needed to know my sexual orientation, but hey, maybe that would help guide me to the appropriate self-assessment quizzes. (Plus, I was on vacation, so I really wasn’t paying that much attention to what I was doing.) Finally, I got my results: Lion, with a hefty dose of Beaver & Golden Retriever thrown in. It sounded about right. And then, I went on my merry way…
Until I started getting emails from strangers that wanted to know more about me. Huh? What was going on?
As it turned out, I had signed up for a dating service, not a quiz site. How embarrassing! I immediately deleted my account and breathed a sigh of relief…until I started getting emails from Match.com.
The lessons I learned are:
- Before you sign up for something, make sure you know what it is you are signing up for.
- Don’t sign up for anything on your iPhone.
- Don’t sign up for anything while sipping cocktails.
Happy Quiz Taking! Feel free to share any of your results in the comments!