Could You Live in the Midwest?

By: Emily Maggrett

Could You Live in the Midwest?
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About This Quiz

When you picture the Midwest, what do you think of? Rolling fields of wheat, deep blue lakes and friendly people? Well, you're not entirely wrong, but the Midwest is a lot more complicated than a bread commercial. It's got its own culture, customs and even unique language, as anybody who's ever said "Ope!" can attest. 

From Ohio to Nebraska, Minnesota to Oklahoma, the Midwest is an important region, filled with major cities like Chicago and Minneapolis as well as iconic small towns like Spring Green, Wisconsin and New Buffalo, Michigan. Those who live in the Midwest get to partake in rich local traditions, such as ice fishing, Sunday cornhole, euchre tournaments and hayrides. Kids start driving young, parents make a lot of "hotdish" and everybody, young or old, has strong opinions on the nearest college football team.

If you're what Midwesterners call a "coastie" — a person from the East Coast or West Coast — you might think that you could easily survive living in the Midwest. But is that true? Or would you crash and burn when faced with the expectation that you drive well in the snow, learn to make succotash and deal with tornadoes, all while staying perfectly polite? If you want to put your Midwestern assumptions to the test, don't hesitate: take this quiz!

1-Sausage How do you feel about sausage?
It's not just a food, it's a blessing. Maybe even a way of life!
It's tasty as heck!
I like it, but it's bad for my cholesterol.
I'm vegan for environmental reasons, so I'm against it.

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2-Polite When is it most important to be polite?
It's important to be polite at all times!
At work, when dealing with the elderly and on dates
In professional situations (or in any situation where you're being scrutinized)
Politeness is overrated.

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3-Sunday-Football In your opinion, Sunday isn't a fun day without ... ?
Televised football, of course!
A good game of cornhole in the backyard
A big family dinner
A long brunch with your friends

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4-Casserole What's your favorite casserole?
Tater tot casserole
Green bean casserole
Mac 'n' cheese — that's a casserole, right?
Ew, casserole is gross!

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5-Bill-Murray The greatest Midwestern-born movie star of all time, in your opinion, is ... ?
Melissa McCarthy
Chris Pratt
Bill Murray
January Jones

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6-Ope What does "ope" mean?
"I'm surprised!"
"Oops!"
It's short for "open."
Who knows? Who cares?

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7-Girlscouts If you had kids, which clubs would you sign them up for?
4-H, of course
Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
NASA Kids' Club
Drama Club

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8-Small-Town You see small towns as being ... ?
Beautiful and peaceful
Great for raising a family
Inexpensive to live in, but boring
Horrible backwaters

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9-Sorry How often do you say "sorry"?
I say, "Sorry!" to everything and everyone, even chairs I bump into.
I say, "Sorry" whenever I'm worried I've offended someone.
I only apologize when I have done something wrong.
I never say "sorry." It's a sign of weakness to apologize.

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10-Tractor Do you know how to drive a tractor?
You betcha!
I haven't driven one in a few years, but ...
No, but I'm willing to learn.
Why would I need to drive a tractor?

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11-Game-Day Hey, it's game day! Who are you rooting for?
The Bears
The Packers
The Browns
The Raiders

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12-Summer-Vacation-2 In your mind, the ideal summer vacation is ... ?
A week at the family cabin
A weekend spent on a party barge!
A trip to Disneyland
Two weeks on the French Riviera

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13-bag-of-corn You've just been given a huge bag of corn. How are you going to cook it up?
Corn and hash brown casserole
Corn chowder
Succotash
Corn and tomatillo salsa

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14-Scrunchie What do you think of scrunchies?
They're cute!
They're unattractive but functional.
They're fun to wear ironically.
Scrunchies are so tacky!

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15-Niagra-Falls The greatest natural attraction in the U.S. is ... ?
Mount Rushmore
Garden of the Gods
Mammoth Cave
Niagara Falls

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16-Water-Fountain What do you call a machine that spouts water?
A bubbler
A drinking fountain
A water fountain
An unsafe place to get water!

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17-Drive-In-Snow Can you drive in the snow?
Of course!
With the help of snow tires, yes
Not very well
I've never driven in the snow. Is it hard?

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18-Polical Where do you stand politically?
Conservative
Independent
Liberal
Progressive

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19-cursing Do you enjoy swearing?
Gosh no. I strive to never use curse words.
I use alternative curse words, like "dip."
I let some f-bombs drop from time to time.
I can't open my mouth without saying a curse word or two.

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20-Ice-Fishing We're going ice fishing! Want to come?
Sure, where at?
Maybe ... can you lend me some gear?
I've never done that. Mind taking along a newbie?
What's ice fishing? It sounds cold and unpleasant.

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21-Cincinatti In your opinion, what's the greatest Midwestern city?
Detroit
Cincinnati
Minneapolis
Chicago

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22-Snow-Boots What's the warmest shoe you own?
Snow boots
Uggs
Duck boots
Um ... Keds?

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23-House-Unlocked Do you ever leave your house unlocked?
Yes, all the time
Yes, if I'm coming home soon.
Every once in a while, I forget to lock up.
No, that's crazy!

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Great for hunting
A menace to my garden
Easy to hit if you're driving at night, unfortunately
So cute!

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25-Night-Out What's your idea of a fun night out?
Going to a bonfire party
Game night at someone else's house
Dancing at the club
A buzzed-about art opening

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26-Autumn Can you complete this sentence: "Autumn is great because of ... "?
Hay rides!
Pumpkin spice lattes
All the beautiful leaf colors
The opportunity to bust out cool scarves

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27-Barack_Obama Who's the greatest Midwesterner of all time?
Oprah Winfrey
Mike Ditka
Barack Obama
Amelia Earhart

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28-Vegetable-Garden Every spring, you like to grow ... ?
Turnips
Carrots
Tomatoes
Artichokes

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29-Dinner-Party If someone showed up empty-handed to dinner at your house, you would think ... ?
That they were incredibly rude
That they must not have had time to bring something
That they forgot to bring something
That they were normal. You don't have to bring gifts to other people's houses!

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30-Cheese What's your favorite kind of cheese?
Pimento cheese
Cheddar
Asiago
Chevre

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