Answer These Serious Morality Questions and We'll Guess Where You Grew Up

By: Emily Maggrett

Answer These Serious Morality Questions and We'll Guess Where You Grew Up
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About This Quiz

Philosophers have argued for centuries that morality is relative since circumstances can dramatically alter whether an act is seen as right or wrong. Most people would say that killing another person in cold blood is extremely immoral, but what about killing an intruder in your home? Our legal code penalizes those who commit theft, but what if you need to steal insulin to help your diabetic mother?

The culture we're from dictates how we see morality as well. If you're from the Deep South, you probably see white lies as a way of life, but in California, people who tell white lies are condemned as "inauthentic." In New England, those who are thrifty with their money are respected, but in the Northwest, penny-pinching can be seen as selfish. In other words, whether you realize it or not, where you grew up has a major influence on how you act!

Do you disagree, believing that your morality has nothing to do with your birthplace? We think we can prove you wrong. For this quiz, we've come up with a series of morality questions designed to help us accurately gauge exactly where you're from. Think we can't guess it right? There's only one way to find out - take this quiz!

What do you think of people who don't recycle?
They're monsters. I mean, the planet's melting!
Hmm. Um, what if I told you that I didn't recycle?
They're wasteful.
They're weird. Who doesn't recycle?

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Should couples stay together for the sake of their children?
Probably not, but they should at least go to marriage counseling.
Yes, 100%, unless one spouse is abusive.
They should stay together until the kids are at least 10 years old.
No, that's harmful for the whole family.

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If your friend's new haircut is bad, should you tell her?
No. Either she'll realize it or she won't.
Absolutely not ... but it's fine to gossip about it behind her back.
I don't have time for such frivolous nonsense.
Yes. It might hurt her feelings, but friends don't let friends suffer through bad hair.

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In your opinion, which of these actions is the rudest?
Cutting off someone else in traffic
Not saying hello to an acquaintance you pass on the street
Asking someone else a personal question
Interrupting a drum circle

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Should businesses make sure to accommodate people with disabilities, even if most of their customers don't have those disabilities?
Yes. Everyone in our society deserves to be made welcome.
Maybe. Seems like special treatment.
Corporations should, but small businesses shouldn't because certain accommodations are really expensive.
Yes. People of all abilities should be free to go wherever they want.

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When an older person is speaking, should younger people listen to them respectfully?
They should listen, but not necessarily respectfully.
Yes, of course
Probably? Some old-timers talk a lot of nonsense.
No. Old people are too obsessed with old ideas.

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If your neighbor's yard decorations are ruining the look of your street, is it OK to say something to them?
No. But I might make our homeowners' association pass a few new rules ...
It's not OK to confront your neighbor, but it is OK to ask one of their friends to talk to them about the issue.
Yes. A man's yard is his castle or something.
It depends. Is this yard messing with my home's property value? Then yes.

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What's more important: that groups of people get along or that they be honest with each other?
People should be on basically good terms with each other.
Getting along is the most important thing.
Honesty's the best policy.
If people can't handle your truth, they don't deserve to be your friend.

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How do you feel about regifting?
It's a little bit uncouth.
It's mean. How could you give away something that was carefully chosen for you?
It's smart. I mean, why hold on to something you don't care about?
It's cheap. Why would I want something that you don't want?

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When you get together with friends, is it OK to discuss your personal problems?
Yes ... within reason.
Yes, if the problems are fun and full of drama!
No. Only lunatics talk about their problems in polite company.
Are there ... other topics to talk about with your friends?

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Let's say you fall mutually in love with a married person. Do you have the right to encourage them to leave their spouse?
Depends. Is the spouse a good person?
Nah, that's tacky.
No, that would be sinful and selfish.
Yes. They need to follow their bliss!

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What's worse: being dishonest with your children or overly strict with your children?
Dishonest, of course
It's fine to be both dishonest and overly strict with kids.
If you're overly strict, your kids will rebel.
A little dishonesty never hurt anybody.

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If a coworker is constantly trying to sabotage you, is it OK to sabotage them right back?
No. But you should report them to HR.
Well, that's the American way.
The best thing is to turn the other cheek. They'll be caught someday.
No. Instead you should lovingly confront them.

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Should wealthy people pay higher taxes in order to help the poor?
Absolutely. We have a duty to the less fortunate.
No, but corporations should.
Nah. People should be allowed to keep whatever they earn.
Yes. It's only fair.

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Is it ever OK to be unpleasant to customer service workers?
No. Their jobs are hard enough.
No, that's trashy.
Yes. It's part of their job to deal with that.
Only if they're giving you truly bad service.

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What would you do if you found out your spouse had served time 20 years ago for almost killing a person?
I'd be horrified yet fascinated.
I have to leave them. The scandal!
I don't think I could stay with someone who had tried to commit murder.
Hmm. I'd be curious why they did it?

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Imagine that you're having a party and are getting sort of sleepy. Is it acceptable to yawn in front of your guests?
Well, it can be a useful hint, you know?
No, that's being a lousy host.
Bodily functions should be private, not public.
Yes. They wouldn't want to stay past the time they were welcome, right?

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When your friends move, are you honor-bound to help them?
Yes, if we're all under 30.
Yeah. Only weakling or cowards wouldn't help.
No. They should hire movers if they need help.
No, that sounds like a drag.

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If an elderly lady got on your bus, would you give up your seat or not?
I would (unless I was really tired).
Of course I'd give up my seat! I'm not a rube.
No. It's my seat, fair and square.
Probably not, unless she looked ill. For all I know, she's an athlete, you know?

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Let's say your neighborhood was damaged in a wildfire. Would you help your neighbors rebuild, or focus on your own home?
I'd help repair the public areas at least, such as parks.
I'd chip in and help my neighbors because I know they'd chip in and help me.
Nah. I need to take care of my own family first.
Depends on how much money my neighbors have. If they're rich, forget about it!

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If someone new moves to your neighborhood, is it wrong to not introduce yourself to them?
Um, well ... I don't actually know any of my neighbors?
Wow, yes. That's so anti-social.
Good fences make good neighbors, not faux-friendly introductions.
It's not wrong, but it's an odd choice.

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Unbeknownst to you, one of your parents' friends has been in love with you. (We know, ew.) They leave you a big bequest in their will. Do you keep it or give it to charity?
Ugh, I'd give it all to their kids.
I'd keep half and give away half.
Well ... it is MY money.
It's tainted, so I'd give it all to charity.

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Do you think the United States should have stricter traffic laws?
Yes. Our traffic laws are ridiculously lax.
No. Keep the government out of my car!
People in the country NEED driving freedom.
Yes. Our kids don't deserve to be at risk because of bad drivers.

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What would you think of a person who came to your home for the first time and didn't bring a gift?
I'd think they were slightly rude.
I'd think they were insanely rude.
I'd think they were normal.
I wouldn't think anything in particular.

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Have you ever searched for a new job on company time?
Yes. It's not the best behavior, but it's pretty natural.
No, but I have networked with future employers on company time.
No, that's time-thieving.
Who hasn't?

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In order to save the environment, should people be having fewer kids?
Yes. Harsh, but true.
No. A few babies aren't going to destroy the planet.
People should be free to do what they want without anyone criticizing them.
Yes, probably they should.

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Would you say that people who directly say "no" to requests are mean?
Well, they're not nice, are they?
Wow, they're mean as heck.
It's not mean, it's reasonable.
They just have great boundaries, okay?

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Big box stores often have affordable prices, but that's because many of the goods they sell are made in sweatshops. Is it OK to shop at them anyway?
No. Supporting sweatshop labor is categorically wrong.
It's fine. Let the workers unionize if they're angry.
Sorry, but I can't resist the savings.
Only if you're really broke

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Have you ever pretended to be incompetent or helpless in order to get out of doing something hard?
Nah, I'm a big DIY-er.
Once or twice, TBH
That's blasphemy!
Well ... it's an essential life tactic.

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Is it OK to dump someone via text?
Yes, if you haven't been going out for a very long time.
No, that's callous as heck.
Nope. Instead, you should write them a long, crazy email.
Haha, it's a bit cold but normal.

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