Are You More Like Fire or Water?

SCIENCE

Marie Hullett

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Legends about the once seemingly magical forces of fire and water date back to classical times. The ancient Greeks wrote about Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods to bestow it upon humankind, which ultimately led to the development of civilization. Meanwhile, the Greeks described female water creatures called naiads, which would rule over streams, wells, fountains and other bodies of freshwater. 

Naturally, the Greeks revered both the harnesser of fire and rulers of water, as both resources have played an instrumental role in human survival over the centuries. While one warms our bodies up, the other hydrates us. One can set a building on fire; the other can put it out — or flood the whole block. One can fry, bake and broil our food; the other keeps us clean and healthy. 

Much like yin and yang, both play integral roles in the makeup of the world we live in. In the same way that these elements influence our everyday life, people embody these opposing forces and allow them to manifest in their daily interactions, beliefs and behaviors. As the saying goes, people are products of their environment, so it makes sense that these vital resources influence our way of existence. 

The question is, though, which force of nature are you? A free-flowing creek or a blazing torch? A tsunami or a forest fire? The only way to find out is to take the following quiz. Be warned, though: we haven't watered the questions down at all, so hopefully, you can take the heat. 

Someone you love has just told you the kindest words you've ever heard. How do you react?

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It's karaoke night, and naturally, you're going to perform a Beatles hit. Which song will you choose?

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At work, the person in the cubicle next to yours watches loud YouTube videos all day, which you find very distracting. What do you do?

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Everyone needs some support from time to time. Which mythical being do you want magical guidance from?

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Lucky you; you're headed off on vacation. Which one of these getaway activities sounds the most appealing?

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Oh no, you arrive at the airport only to find out that your flight's delayed by 24 hours. What do you do?

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You receive a gift card to a much raved-about restaurant. What will you order?

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Which of these desserts would you go for?

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Pretend that you and a loved one are engaged in a tense argument. Which of these are you most likely to do?

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Now, let's talk about love. How are you in matters of the heart?

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Let's pretend it's Valentine's Day. What do you want to do?

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Since we're talking about relationships, how much would you say you invest in them?

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In the play "Hamlet," Shakespeare wrote, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." What do you think about this famous line?

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Speaking of your outlook on life, are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person?

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You're walking along a crowded sidewalk, minding your own business, and — splat! This stranger accidentally bumps into you, spilling their blood-orange smoothie all over your white work shirt. What do you do?

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Let's watch a Disney movie! Which one do you want to see?

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Time to head to an imaginary office. What type of role suits you best?

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Now that you're at work, you have a major project to tackle — on an extremely tight deadline. How do you handle it?

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Let's get extreme! Which adventurous activity would you most likely try?

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You're listening to a long, rambling lecture, and your mind can't help but wander off. Where does it go?

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Finally, a magical fairy blesses you with a superpower. What is it?

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Oscar Wilde once said that "Life is too important to be taken seriously." What's your perspective on this world?

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The weather's heating up, so it's definitely time to enjoy some summertime fun. Which of these activities are you most looking forward to?

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Imagine that your sibling reveals something embarrassing about you in front of everyone at a large event. How do you react?

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You're going camping by a lake! What's your favorite activity to enjoy in the great outdoors?

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After a long day, you're dying to unwind. What sounds like the most appealing way to do so?

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You decide to book a spa appointment because obviously, you deserve it. Which service do you choose?

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It's never too early to plan your Halloween costume. What do you want to be?

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Whether you check your horoscope every day or have never even evaluated your astrological compatibility with someone, what's your sign?

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Forget Captain America and Thanos. Which lesser-known Marvel Comics character is basically you?

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