Are You Secretly a Prodigy?

By: Talin Vartanian

Are You Secretly a Prodigy?
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About This Quiz

If you've always wondered whether or not you're actually a genius, now's your chance to find out! We're on a mission to explore some of your hobbies and ways of thinking to determine how much of a prodigy you really are!

Before you take this personality quiz, it's important to establish what a prodigy is. This word is synonymous with "genius," which basically means that a person is very skilled at a particular subject. Some prodigies are also experts with multiple types of subjects, such as computer programming and drawing, but this is quite rare to achieve. While many prodigies are born with higher levels of intelligence, many other people become prodigies later on in life. 

One important note to remember is that anyone can become a genius if they take enough time to practice mastering their craft. In other words, many people tend to become lazy or give up when it comes to consistently studying a particular subject, but not prodigies. In fact, these types of people want nothing more than to become the very best in the world and they will typically stop at nothing to get to where they need to be in life. If this sounds like you, it's time to take our intellectual quiz now! 

When it comes to your favorite hobby, how many hours per week do you spend practicing it?
Over 20 hours
15-20 hours
10-15 hours
Less than 10 hours

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Are you the type of person who sacrifices sleep to spend more time practicing your favorite hobbies?
Absolutely
Somewhat, yes
Only when I don't have much going on the following day
No, sleep is too important to me.

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Everyone makes mistakes in life, but are you the type of person who views such mistakes as a good or bad lesson?
Mistakes are always a good lesson.
It depends on the type of mistake.
Mistakes are both good and bad.
Mistakes are never a good thing.

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If you had the day off tomorrow, would you spend it by hanging out with some friends or studying a particular school subject?
I would definitely choose studying over hanging out with friends.
I would split my time between studying and my friends.
I would choose my friends over studying.
Neither, I would do something else with my time.

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Some people are fluent in more than one language. How many languages are you fluent in?
At least four
Three
Two
Just one

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Many people have a favorite type of school subject. Which of these subjects are you an expert in?
Math or science
History
Art
English

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The ratio of logic and creativity can vary depending on the person. What % logical versus creative are you?
50% logical and 50% creative
75% logical and 25% creative
100% creative
25% logical and 75% creative

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Playing musical instruments is a great way to make new friends and train your brain! How many instruments can you play?
At least three
Two
Just one
None

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Let's take a walk down history lane for a moment. Which of the following intelligent historical figures do you aspire to be like?
Leonardo Da Vinci
Albert Einstein
Charles Dickens
Galileo Galilei

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Mensa is an organization that includes members with a very high IQ. Could you easily pass the difficult Mensa test?
Of course
I would certainly try.
I'm not really sure.
No, I don't think so.

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Your high level of intelligence may have an effect on your social skills. Would you describe yourself as being outgoing or shy around people?
Very shy
Somewhat shy
It depends on who I'm around.
Outgoing

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Do you like to memorize math formulas for fun or does this sound like a boring way to spend your time?
This sounds like so much fun.
I would only do this if I was really bored.
I'm not really a math person.
This sounds incredibly boring.

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Are you the type of person who aspires to work for an intelligent boss or become the brilliant boss that other people have to work for?
I want to become the boss of people.
Whichever pays more money
I haven't decided yet.
I'd rather work for an intelligent boss.

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If someone handed you a standard Rubik's Cube, would you be able to solve it in under two minutes?
Sure, no problem
I would need more than two minutes to solve this.
I'm not really sure.
Nope, I don't know how to solve a Rubik's Cube.

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If you're too smart for school, you might have skipped a grade level or two. Has this ever happened to you?
Yes, I have skipped multiple grade levels.
I only skipped one grade level.
I didn't skip a grade level, but I took advanced classes for my age at one point.
No, this has never happened to me.

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School can be boring for some people, but were you bored in school because it was too easy?
Yes, school was always too easy for me.
I never felt bored in school.
Some classes were too easy, others were not.
School was hard for me, but I was still bored by it.

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The subject of philosophy can be a great way to stretch your mind! Which of these philosophy classes would you want to take?
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Arts
Environmental Ethics

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Let's say you've got a big project that's due in three days. Are you going to procrastinate until the last minute or start working on it now?
I'll definitely start working on it now.
I'll work on it tomorrow.
I'll work on it on the third day.
I'll work on it right before it's due.

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Think about your energy levels for a moment. Are you more energetic like a dog or more relaxed like a cat?
I'm definitely like a dog.
It depends on the day.
I'm more like a fish.
I'm more like a cat.

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Some problems are best solved when multiple people are working on it together. Do you prefer to solve a problem by yourself or with other people?
By myself
With one other person
With a few other people
With many people

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Reading books is a great way to learn about the world. How many books do you tend to read per month?
At least three
Two
Just one
I hate reading books.

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If you were going to watch a movie to unwind for the day, would you rather watch a historical documentary or a comedy?
Historical documentary
I prefer drama movies.
I would rather watch a horror movie.
Comedy

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Are you the type of person who is skilled at negotiating with others to acquire something in life?
Yes, this is one of my specialties.
It depends on who I'm talking to.
I'm just OK at negotiating for things.
Nope, not at all

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Intelligence can be divided into book smarts and street smarts. Where do you fall between these two categories?
Both
Book smarts
Street smarts
I'm not sure.

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On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the highest), how high is your level of emotional intelligence?
9-10
6-8
3-5
1-2

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Let's say that you had 12 hours of free time to read a book. How many hours could you spend focused on reading in one sitting?
Eight to 12 hours
Four to eight hours
Two to four hours
Less than two hours

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Everyone has a certain type of memory that makes them unique. Which of these types of memories resonates with you the most?
Semantic memory
Procedural memory
Long-term memory
Short-term memory

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Human beings naturally feel hungry for food to survive, but does your hunger also include a curiosity for knowledge?
Absolutely
A little bit
It depends on the subject.
No, not really

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Do you tend to learn better during the early morning, afternoon or late night hours of the day?
All three
Early morning hours
Late night hours
Afternoon hours

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Would your friends and family describe you as a quick learner or do you need some time and practice before becoming good at something?
I'm definitely a quick learner.
I'm about average with this.
It depends on the subject.
No, I'm not a quick learner at all.

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