Answer These “Would You Rather” Questions and We’ll Guess If You’re British or American

By: Zoe Samuel

Answer These “Would You Rather” Questions and We’ll Guess If You’re British or American
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About This Quiz

The United States of America was once the 13 colonies, a land settled by the Dutch and the British, with a heavy dose of German settlers, African slaves, Native Americans and a smattering of smaller groups. These 13 colonies separated themselves from the British Empire and formed what would eventually become the United States as we know it. 

However, if you look at how these events are taught in school, you will begin to see the differences in perspective between the two nations. In the U.S., children are taught how King George III was a tyrant along the lines of a Roman Emperor, and he would not give the Americans the representation they craved. In the U.K., everyone knows that it was the elected Parliament who decided they didn't want to give the Americans a seat, not the King; George III didn't want to let the colonists leave the Empire.

Add to this over two hundred years of history, some of it shared, and we have a mélange of shared experiences and cultural touchstones, yet wildly different ideas about rights, government and culture. 

We can tell the differences, whether subtle or obvious. Answer our "would you rather" questions, and we'll say if you're a Brit or a Yank.

Would you rather only ever go on formal dates to meet people, or only ever meet people through mutual friends at parties?
Let's meet at parties. You can have a drink together and relax.
I'm leaning toward parties. Dating is scary.
I think I'd rather date properly, so I know what is expected of me.
I'd prefer the dates; if my friends set me up and it goes wrong then I might lose a friend!

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Would you rather be stuck at Disneyland or Legoland for a whole year?
Definitely Legoland!
Probably Legoland
I like Legoland, but I'm going with Disneyland.
Definitely Disneyland!

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Would you rather be able to speak Spanish fluently while only being conversational in English, or only ever speak English?
English, certainly
English, probably
I'm leaning toward Spanish.
Definitely 100% Spanish and a little English

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Would you rather only ever drive a little car very fast, or a great big car but never break 25 mph?
Hot hatches for the win, for sure!
I'm leaning toward the small car.
I like the small one, but I'm going with the big one.
Go big or go home!

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Would you rather your local representative embezzle millions of dollars (or pounds!), or get caught cheating on their spouse?
Caught cheating. I can't handle the idea of millions.
Probably cheating
I'm thinking millions. Panache!
Definitely millions. It means we're a wealthier nation, and I don't care who they are with privately.

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Would you rather get a terrible sunburn but then have a wonderful natural tan that magically lasts forever, or never get either?
Lose the tan. I fear cancer.
I'd be sad not to tan, but I'd live.
I guess I'll burn, then tan.
Of course I want to tan forever! One burn is nothing!

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Would you rather nobody have guns and knives, or everyone have them?
Nobody! I'm a pacifist.
Nobody, I guess. I'd be sad though.
I'm leaning toward lots of weapons.
Definitely lots of weapons!

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What would you rather have for breakfast every day for the rest of your life: beans or grits?
Definitely beans
I'm leaning toward the beans.
Probably grits
Definitely grits! I just love the sound of them! "Grits!"

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Would you rather live in a place that isn't a meritocracy and knows it, or a place that isn't one but likes to think it is?
I'd rather the place that isn't and doesn't pretend.
I'm predisposed to the place that isn't and doesn't pretend.
I think I prefer the place that isn't but pretends it is.
I definitely prefer the place that isn't but thinks it is.

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Time for a treat! Would you rather only have drinking chocolate or only have hot cocoa?
Of course I'd prefer drinking chocolate.
I like cocoa, but I'm thinking drinking chocolate.
Probably hot cocoa
I'll only have the hot cocoa.

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Would you rather have four dogs or no dogs?
I cannot live without dogs, so four.
I'll have to figure out a way to make four work.
I guess I could get a cat...
I don't NEED a dog.

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Would you rather all your blazers and suit jackets have the lining completely shredded, or get a little tear in the elbow?
Lose the lining. A little patina on the elbow is fine.
I guess the lining. I can fix that.
Lining. I can replace that.
Lining. Appearances are everything.

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Would you rather have to spend every weekend playing the beautiful game or the national pastime?
The national pastime, of course!
Probably the beautiful game
I'm thinking I'll go with the national pastime.
Naturally, the beautiful game

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You're going out three nights a week - for the rest of your life! Would you rather go to a comedy show or a basketball game?
I love to laugh! Gimme comedy!
I guess comedy, if it's good.
I think I'll have the court date.
B-ball is my jam!

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Which would you rather have enshrined in law: great internet access, or free burgers every week but the internet is patchy?
Internet access! I hate burgers.
Probably internet access. I can buy burgers.
I love the internet but I love burgers more.
Obviously the burgers

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Would you rather spend the rest of your life living in a place where people pretend race doesn't exist, or where people pretend that class doesn't exist?
Sadly, I have to go with race.
Probably race, tragically
I'm leaning toward class denial.
Class denial, surely

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Would you rather inherit a whole wardrobe of snazzy clothes from your grandparents, or be able to afford endless snazzy new clothes at the shops?
It's best to inherit.
I'll probably take my ancestors' stuff.
I think I prefer to buy.
Definitely hitting the shops

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Would you rather get stuck going 'round a roundabout for hours, or be trapped driving really fast between dozens of 18-wheeler trucks for hours?
Roundabout. It's awful but I won't die.
Roundabout. I can't go fast.
Trucks. Roundabouts scare me.
If I'm going fast, I don't care who's around me.

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Would you rather only have tea or only have coffee forever?
Tea! Coffee tastes like hot mud.
I guess tea, but I am sad.
I guess coffee, but I am angry!
Coffee! Tea is for losers.

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Look to your neighbors. Would you rather say "bonjour" to France or "howdy" to Canada?
France I guess, because of the cheese.
Vive la France! J'adore la France!
Canada. They're just so nice.
Canada. They are more reliable as an ally.

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Would you rather never feel guilty when you really ought to and be judged for it, or feel guilty all the time even though you can't remember what you did wrong?
Definitely guilt.
Probably guilt.
Liberation from guilt would be nice.
Screw guilt. I don't care if people judge me.

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Would you rather own a small house with a big and beautiful garden, or a big house with no outdoor space?
I must have my beautiful garden and I do not care about space indoors.
I need the garden, so I will reluctantly downsize.
I'll take the big house but hope I'm near a park.
Only losers have small houses. Gimme!

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Would you rather be mugged three times or have your car stolen once?
Car stolen. I cannot bear confrontation.
Car. I have insurance for that, but my wallet was a gift from my sister.
Three muggings. I can deal.
Three muggings. My car is my life.

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Would you rather have to eat haggis every week for life, or have to eat deep-fried butter every week for life?
Haggis. I love it!
Haggis. It's awful but it won't give me a heart attack.
Butter, but only because I do not know what haggis is.
Butter - I love butter. I don't care if it's trying to kill me.

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Would you rather go abroad and find they all ignore you, or go abroad and find they all hate you?
Ignore me, please. I love being ignored.
Ignored, I guess, though it would be sad.
Hated, I guess. Maybe I can change their minds through good tipping.
I don't care if they hate me as long as they don't ignore me!

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Would you rather shoot your own foot with three pellets from a 12-gauge shotgun, or with one dart from a dartboard?
A dart. It'll come out cleaner.
A dart. The gun sounds scary.
Three pellets. They're tiny.
Three pellets. I could dine out on that story forever.

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Would you rather shave your head for a year or have massively thick and curly hair down to your knees for a year?
Shave it. I can't handle that much hair.
I would reluctantly shave, but I would need many hats.
I guess I'm gonna be learning to braid...
I want the long hair. I love extremes.

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Would you rather go to loads of fancy dinner parties or loads of super-chill cookouts?
Dinners please! Cookouts sound prone to rain.
Dinners, I suppose. I like dressing up.
Probably cookouts. I hate formality.
Definitely cookouts. I can bring something I know I'll enjoy eating.

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Would you rather break your nose or your back molar?
Nose. I'm ugly anyway.
Nose. Breaking a molar could cause an infection.
Molar. My nose is visible.
Molar. My fortune is my beautiful face!

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As climate change worsens, would you rather have sea levels rise six feet or have all the land get a terrible drought?
Drought for me. We can figure out a solution.
Drought. It'd be a nice break from the rain.
Sea levels. I don't live near the coast.
Sea levels. It would get rid of a lot of Florida, which is a good thing.

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