Can We Guess if You're an Organ Donor?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess if You're an Organ Donor?
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About This Quiz

There is more than one kind of organ donor. There are, of course, people who leave their organs to science or donation upon their death, usually something that can be opted into when one gets one's driver's license. This simpler kind of organ donation is very important to saving lives, and it feels good to know you're going to be helpful in death.

Then, of course, there is the other kind of organ donor: living donors. The first living organ donation on record was made in 1954 when a man got a kidney from his identical twin. Organ donation is a tricky business, because of the risk of organ rejection, when the body sees the replacement part as some kind of pathogen. As a result, recipients of organ transplants often need to take a cocktail of medicines that repress the immune system. 

More importantly, the selection of an organ donor has to be done very carefully. It's possible that one's closest relatives still can't donate organs, despite best wishes and similar DNA. Luckily, there are many paired organ donation programs, where people who need organs but have incompatible donors can be paired with other people in the same situation who do match. This way, everyone gets to help out their relatives or friends.

Still, many people are neither living donors nor have they an organ donor card. Can we figure out your status? Take the quiz and find out!

Have you ever gone under the knife yourself?
Yes, a few times
Twice, nothing major
Once
No

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How often do you dine out?
As much as I can afford!
Occasionally
Rarely
Never

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Do you have any chronic acquired illnesses?
No, none
Nothing communicable
Nothing life-threatening
Yes

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Do you have any religious prohibitions that would stand in the way of donating?
No, none whatsoever
Yes, and no. I'm not sure I understand the issue.
Sort of, but I don't know how I feel about them.
Yes, several

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Have you ever given blood?
Sure! A few times a year.
Sure, about once a year
Once, but I got dizzy and had to stop.
No

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How willing would you be to sell a major asset, like a car, in order to save the life of a friend or loved one?
I'd do it in a second.
I would probably do it if I loved them.
I might do it if I could afford to.
That depends on the relative.

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What do you believe you need for the afterlife?
A clean conscience
Nothing. I'll be dead.
I have no idea what I need next week, let alone in the afterlife!
My whole body and maybe some possessions. King Tut may have had a good idea or two.

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Would you be willing to eat using silverware that looked clean, but might have been used by someone else without washing it after?
Yeah, sure
If I was hungry, I guess I would.
Only if I was really starving
No way!

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How much do you worry about the cleanliness of food outside of your home?
Not at all. I mean, I know it's not perfect, but what can you do about it, right?
A little, so I don't eat just anywhere.
A bit, so I don't have any fast food.
Loads. I can't get certain images out of my head, even in others' homes.

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Would you say you drink heavily?
I don't drink at all.
I drink, but very rarely.
I drink socially.
I drink a lot.

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Do you have any inherited diseases?
No, knock on wood.
Yeah, but it's minor, like colorblindness or a food allergy.
Yes, but it won't kill me.
Yes, and it's serious.

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What is your blood type?
Type O negative
A+
B
I don't know what that is.
Other

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Have you ever considered riding a motorcycle?
No! Never.
I ride one every day!
I thought about it, but no thanks.
I do it on the weekends.

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What do you typically have for breakfast?
Cold cereal
Yogurt
Toast
A full, cooked breakfast

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How do you feel about sleeping outside?
It can be fun, if a bit hard on the back.
It's fine when you're a kid.
What, like, with no Wi-Fi?
No thanks. Worms? Bugs? Nah.

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How often do you visit your doctor?
Twice a year, for checkups, at a minimum
Once a year
When I remember to
Never

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Have you ever lied on your resume?
No, that would be immoral.
I've stretched the truth a little.
I didn't, but that sounds like a great idea!
Sure. Everyone does it!

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How would you describe your feelings at the thought of the sight of your blood?
I'm ok.
I feel a little odd.
I feel a little uncomfortable.
I feel queasy.

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How well do you know human anatomy?
Very well. I took classes in it.
I know more than average.
I know as much as the next person.
I know little about it.

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Which burial style appeals most to you?
Scattering my ashes
Donate my body to science research at Texas State University in San Marcos
Regular burial
Cryonic freezing

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What do you do for a living?
Office worker
Laborer
Consultant
Salesperson
Other

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Do you have a lot of friends who are very different from you?
Loads! I love them all!
More than most people, I guess.
I don't know. Probably about the average.
No, we all share some major characteristics.

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How educated are you?
I have a graduate degree.
I have a college degree.
I have an associate's degree.
I graduated from high school.

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Can you bear to sit through a long bus ride full of strangers?
Sure! I mean, I'd rather not take the bus, but OK! New friends!
I guess, if that's the best way to go.
I'd rather not sit next to sweaty strangers for hours and hours.
I will not sit in a box with other people, letting them breathe all over me.

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How much does noise bother you?
Not at all. I'm used to it.
Not much. I live in a loud place.
A bit. I need quiet from time to time.
I can't bear noise! Make it stop!

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Do you like to talk to strangers?
I love doing it at every opportunity!
I like doing it when I've got nothing more important to do.
I like to do it if we have things in common.
I only like to talk to strangers about one or two things which are very important to me.

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When did you register to vote?
When I got my first over-18 driver's license
When I got talked into it in college
I'm not registered to vote.
When I turned 18

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How often do you clean your home?
At least once a week
At least once a month
At least ... I do it sometimes!
Twice or more a week

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Have you ever lied on your taxes?
Heaven forbid! No!
Only by accident
Sure! Who wants to bend a knee to The Man?
I don't, in part because I know about the loopholes.

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How much do you fear death?
Loads
Quite a lot
Not all that much. It seems far away.
Not at all

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