Can We Guess If You Belong in the North or the South Based on Your Manners?

By: Raj Chander

Can We Guess If You Belong in the North or the South Based on Your Manners?
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About This Quiz

One of the biggest American cliches is the distinction between people who come from the North and those who hail from the South. Even before the U.S. Civil War, one of the most critical conflicts in human history, pitting the North directly against the South in battle, people from the North and South were different from one another. 

In the American South, open plains and fertile soil provided plenty of space for farms to spring up in the 18th and 19th centuries. On the other hand, Northerners often specialized in merchant businesses or other specialized crafts, like blacksmithing. Southerners are said to listen to country and folk music, while most Northerners prefer rock, hip-hop and R&B sounds. 

Arguably the main difference between the North and South is their pace of life. To really know the difference, it's best to spend some time in cities in both regions. Northerners are more likely to pack their days with meetings and get-togethers, while people in the South like to take it easy, savoring every moment like a delicious bite of pie. 

But at the end of the day, people from the North and South are still looking for the same things: health, wealth and strong family ties. They just go about seeking these things in different ways. Get through the questions in this quiz, and we'll tell you if your social characteristics are more in line with the North or the South. 

How do you respond when someone says something nice about you?
Quickly nod
Thank them verbally
Smile and thank them verbally
Give them a hug

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Who should you hold the door for?
I don't really worry about holding doors; most people can operate them just fine.
The elderly and females if they are far away — everyone if they are close
Anyone if they are close enough; otherwise I just keep it moving
Everyone, no matter how close to the door they are

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How many meals per day should a person eat?
As many as possible!
Minimum of two
Three square meals a day is ideal.
However many I can fit in around work

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What is your idea of a relaxing weekend evening?
Happy hour and then heading out with friends
Reading a good book on the porch
Going out for dinner with family and/or close friends
Going for a hike in a park

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What does your dream job involve?
An even mix of physical strength and intelligence
Being outside
Growing things on the land
Making a lot of money

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Food is a big part of regional culture. Which of these is your favorite meal for breakfast?
Scrambled eggs and cheese
Sausage and waffles
Grits and bacon
Breakfast sandwich

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Which of these famous TV characters do you look up to most?
Bobby Axelrod
Raylan Givens
Walter White
Dan Conner

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What's the proper action to take before eating a meal?
Pray with others at the table
Just start eating
Take a moment to be thankful for the food, then eat
Bow my head and pray to myself silently

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What's the best way to invite guests to a party?
Sending an evite
Calling each person directly
Texting or calling everyone individually
Mailing a printed invitation

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Which of these phrases are you most likely to use when ending a question?
"Right?"
"Y'know?"
"Yup?"
"You reckon?"

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How do you greet an old friend?
"Hi!"
"Hey!"
"What's up?"
"Howdy!"

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What do you do when you disagree with someone in conversation?
Interrupt them to let them know about it
Just nod politely
Wait until they are done speaking, then say that I respectfully disagree
Acknowledge their position and say I never thought about it that way

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How would you let someone know that they have something in their teeth?
Pull them aside to let them know in private
Pantomime flossing
Just tell them directly
Advise them to check a mirror

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Someone invites you over to their house for dinner. What do you bring?
A casserole
A bottle of wine
A roast
A side dish

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How would you describe the intensity of your religious beliefs?
I'm not that religious.
Faith is important to me.
I'm religious, but not overly zealous about it.
I'm religious, but private about it.

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How do you begin asking someone for assistance with something?
Telling them directly what the problem is
Begging their pardon
Saying, "Excuse me"
Apologizing at the beginning

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Someone at work is acting rude. How do you handle it?
Give it right back to them
Be extra nice to them
Ignore it at first, then bring it up if it continues to be a problem
Brush it off and act normally

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How long does it take you to RSVP to an invitation?
24 hours maximum
No more than a few days
A week or two
Three or four days

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How much should you spend on a wedding gift?
$100
Whatever they spent on yours
$50
$75

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What phrase do you use to describe your thoughts?
"I reckon"
"I believe"
"I s'pose"
"I think"

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Would you describe yourself as punctual?
For important things, yes; otherwise it's 50/50
Absolutely
I'm about average in that department.
For the most part

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You made plans with friends, but something came up and you have to cancel. How do you break the news?
Texting them
Just not showing up and texting them the next day
Calling them
Letting them know as early as possible

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The people around you are gossiping about someone you don't know. How do you handle it?
Try to change the subject politely
Just nod and add in reactionary comments
I smile and ignore it.
Share a similar story about someone I know

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Are you a big fan of wearing hats?
Yes, especially in spring and summer
I usually only need one when working.
Not really, unless I'm at a sporting event
Sometimes

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How do you say no to someone without hurting their feelings?
I just tell them directly. If their feelings are hurt, it's on them.
Mixing in as many compliments as possible
Apologizing
Attempting to make it up to them

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You're with a group, walking toward a table to eat. What's your first move?
Just choose a seat and sit down
Pull the chair out for the person next to me
Gesture to allow others to choose seats first
Pull a chair out for the most elderly person

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How often do you talk to your parents?
A few times per week
Once or twice a week
Almost every day
Whenever I remember to call

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What do you do after finishing a big meal?
Move on to whatever else I have to do
Relax for a few minutes, then start cleaning up
Sit still for as long as possible
Start cleaning the kitchen

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You are on a first date, and the check comes. What happens next?
I'd go dutch.
I'd ask how they wanted to split it but offer to pay.
I'd defer to them.
I would insist on paying.

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You've been invited to a formal event in the summertime, outdoors. What will you wear?
A polo and khakis/skirt
The same thing I'd wear to a similar event indoors
Short-sleeve dress shirt and nice shorts
Nice jeans and a dress shirt

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