Build Your Perfect Library and We'll Accurately Guess Your College Major!

By: Amanda M.
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Build Your Perfect Library and We'll Accurately Guess Your College Major!
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About This Quiz

Back in the day, only the wealthy and religious could afford a library. On top of this, because of the costs to produce or import the books, it was more cost-effective to have bookstores sell their wares in bigger cities. Thankfully, Benjamin Franklin came along. On July 1, 1731, the Junto Club (a club that discussed philanthropic endeavors in which Franklin and a handful of tradesmen belonged) signed the Articles of Agreement to Subscription, creating the first lending library in America.

Today, libraries are accessible to almost everyone, and they not only house books of all ages, but they can also act as hubs for educational purposes. Children's programs include storytime for toddlers, book clubs, and even movie screenings. Adults can take classes on practically anything from computer software to physical fitness. Teens typically gather at libraries to study or research school projects, however, most libraries offer programs.
Even though most schoolbooks are provided for free through high school, the moment you set foot on a university's campus, you get faced with a common issue: the costs of the most up-to-date texts for your future field. While some books could be resold at bookstores, they're only at a fraction of the price. The library then comes to the rescue.
With your collection of books, do you think we could figure out what your college major was (or is)?  Take the quiz to see!
How large of a library do you want?
My library needs to be massive.
I would need a medium-sized library.
My library would start out small, then it would expand.
My library would need to be large.

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How many bookshelves are you planning to put into your library?
I'd love to have wall to wall shelving.
Three or four bookshelves would suit me.
One or two bookshelves would work for me.
I'd like to start out with four, but then expand as the library filled up.

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Where do you tend to read?
Anywhere and everywhere.
I like to read at the office.
I'll read outside.
I'll read at the library.

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How many books do you own?
I've lost count.
I own about 50 books.
I own about 25 books.
I read about 75 books.

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What kind of lighting do you want in your library?
I would like to have overhead, table, and floor lamps.
I think I'll be okay with a few table lamps. I'm probably not going to spend a lot of time in there.
I would need overhead lighting.
I would want to have a mix of floor and table lamps.

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Aside from hard copy books, what kind of materials do you tend to check out of your local library?
E-books.
Movies.
Periodicals.
Mini-series DVDs.

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How do you usually get your news?
I go to various websites.
I'll read my local newspaper.
I'll listen to news radio.
I'll go to websites, listen to the radio, or watch the local news.

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When it comes to libraries, not all of them will only contain books. What other types of media will you store in there?
I'll possibly have some magazines or other reading materials.
I'll have music collections from my favorite artists.
I'll have different measuring tools.
I'll probably have a book of maps.

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What kind of seating will you have?
I'll have a nice comfortable cushy chair, preferably with a blanket.
I will have a couch.
I'll have a typical office chair.
I'll have a recliner.

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What kind of art or items will you hang on your walls?
If there is room, I'll hang up photos of friends and family.
I'll hang up my college degree.
I'll hang up some pinned insects.
I'd hang up some maps.

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Will you have anything else on your bookshelves?
Nope.
I may keep a phrenology skull on it.
I will keep some instruments on them.
I may keep some childhood toys on them.

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What kind of bookends will you have?
I'll have busts of literary figures.
I'll have bookends with sculpted figures helping hold up the books.
I'll have animal-themed bookends.
I'll have sculpted quills and scroll-shaped bookends.

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Will others be invited to use your library?
I'll invite my book club over.
I'll have one or two people over.
I'd rather not have anyone in my library.
I may have some business colleagues in my library.

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What kind of extracurricular activities were (or are) involved in?
I was (or am) on the staff of our school newspaper.
I was (or am) part of a philosophy club.
I was (or am) on a sports team.
I was (or am) a tutor.

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Which of these public library events is the most interesting to you?
A creative writing critique group.
A literary discussion.
A class on software use.
A genealogy class.

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If you were to do charity work, which type of work interests you the most?
Reading to the blind.
Taking calls on a suicide hotline.
Walking dogs at an animal shelter.
Working as a Civil War reenactor.

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Will your library have any additional furniture?
I may add a podium so I can read small print better.
Aside from a chair and table for my light, I won't have any extra furniture.
I'll have a long table.
I would like to have a drafting table.

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How did you meet our college sweetheart?
We met while we were in class.
We met at a party.
We met at a sporting event.
We met at one of our extracurricular activities.

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Did you attend any college parties?
Yes, I did, and I had way too much fun.
Yes, I couldn't stop watching people.
Yes, I wanted to study the effects of alcohol on my body.
Yes, I wanted to remember these nights when I got older.

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When it came to finals, what was your studying ritual?
I would always go out the night before to make sure I fell asleep for the quizzes the next day.
I would meditate before going into class.
I would eat fish the night before; fish helps retain information to the memory, or so I'm told.
I would pore over my notes, making sure that I didn't miss a point.

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Which of these classic literary works would you enjoy the most?
I can't pick a favorite!
Anything from William Shakespeare.
Beowulf.
"The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Which of these college rock bands are you guilty of listening to?
U2.
10,000 Maniacs.
R.E.M.
Minutemen.

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What kind of book dominates your bookshelves?
Any kind of fiction.
Self-help books.
Books on animal behavior.
Books about wars.

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Which of these Academy Award-winning movies do you prefer?
"Dead Poets Society"
"Silence of the Lambs"
"Gorillas in the Mist"
"Glory"

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When you enter your library, which of these colors will you paint the walls?
I'll probably paint it a warm color.
I'll paint it a pastel color.
I'll paint it white or gray.
I'll paint it a neutral color.

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What kind of items will you have on your desk?
I'll probably have stacks of books.
I'll have a filled notepad detailing the events of the day.
I'll have my laptop.
I'll have an antique pen set.

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When you enter your local library, where do you head first?
I hit the book section.
I go to the multimedia section.
I go to the periodical section.
I go check out the events calendar.

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When you were studying at school, what did you consider your dream job?
I wanted to be a Pulitzer winning journal.
I'd be a therapist.
I wanted to be a medical researcher.
I'd be a college professor.

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When you're reading something, what kind of device do you use?
I'll use whatever is the most convenient.
I'll listen to it on audio.
I'll read it on my tablet or phone.
I'll read a hard copy.

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Will drinks be allowed in your library?
It depends on what I'm reading.
I'm okay with that.
If I bring in a drink, it will have to be in a bottle or covered cup.
Absolutely not.

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