Could You Live on the East Coast?

By: Zoe Samuel

Could You Live on the East Coast?
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About This Quiz

The East Coast of the United States is different from the rest of the country in a number of important ways. For a start, the East Coast is home to the oldest states in the union, with complex cultures and more complex histories. From Massachusetts to Georgia, the thirteen colonies evolved with time, giving birth to additional states included in the geographic boundaries of the first thirteen, including Maine, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Vermont.

In addition to these relatively old cultures, East Coast living involves cycles of weather that can be alternately annoying and terrifying. When hurricanes hit the East Coast, they can run north like a buzz saw, destroying billions of dollars in property, and when heat waves hit, they can mean going outside is dangerous for the elderly or infirmed.

Finally, there is the matter of travel. Flying up and down the East Coast isn't terribly difficult, but the airports themselves are notorious. Trains exist but can be problematic or slow. Driving is always an option, with the mighty Interstate 95 running the length of the coast, but different states have different approaches to traffic laws, meaning a ticket in one state can be a felony in another.

Given all the factors, it can be hard to tell if you're a match for the East Coast. The good news is that with this quiz, we can sort it all out for you.

Friends in the summer How do you prepare for the summer?
Swap out the whole closet!
Crank the AC!
Get ready to shower three times a day!
Go someplace in the southern hemisphere!

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Lightning storm How much attention do you pay to emergency weather warnings?
I listen twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
I look up the weather before bed.
Depends on the time of year. I usually listen once in the morning.
Very little. Who cares?

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Friends at a concert Where do you like to be when spending time with friends?
I don't mind so long as my friends are there!
Someplace where a big activity is going on, like a stadium or a concert.
Someplace with options, like the middle of a major city, or an outdoor adventure area.
At my home

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Family Christmas How much time do you intend to spend with your immediate family?
Only as much as I have to.
I'll do the holidays, but that's it!
If I can avoid them altogether, that's for the best.
I love them and want to see them all every day!

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Emergency Backpack How up-to-date is your go-bag?
I'm prepared for anything!
It has clothes and stuff, but all the batteries are dead.
I've got camping equipment but little else of use.
Who needs a go-bag?

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Man in jorts Which controversial fashion item exemplifies your style?
Obnoxious sports jersey
Jorts
Knee high boots
Crocs

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New York City What about cities do you like?
Everything!
Ease of exit
High culture
Nothing

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Night Out Do you do anything special when headed out for a night on the town?
Tailgating requires the wearing of the colors of ancient tradition!
I wear bright orange.
It's not special when I go out since I do it every night!
I wear my best yoga pants.

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Beautiful Beach How would you prepare for a hot summer day?
Bring a spare shirt with me.
Start the AC before I get in the car.
I would carry on as if it isn't happening and be miserable.
Stay indoors!

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Body surfing!
Fishing
Sailing
Tanning

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Clean Car Snow How would you clear out your car from the snow?
I'd use a massive shovel!
What is snow?
I don't need to, my car is all-wheel-drive.
I use my dogsled instead.

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Skiing What landlocked outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Hiking
Noodling
Skiiing
Driving a dune buggy

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Depends on the project.
Only when it comes to my boat.
Yes! I put the A in type-A!
I don't lift a finger unless I'm paid.

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Smile How do you express yourself when you're happy?
I gesture a lot.
I stick with understatement.
I curse a lot!
I keep everything on the inside.

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Talk to Neighbors How do you find out about what is going on in your area?
My neighbors always seem to know.
I ask Benny, the gator-man.
I have a preferred publication.
I read it in the stars.

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Wall Street In what industry do you most want to work?
Finance
Security
Media
Manufacturing

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US Capitol How much do you trust your government to spend your taxes wisely?
Usually
No way!
It depends on who is in charge.
Always!

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Brownstone What bothers you about city living?
The cost of living
The crush of humanity
The exodus of friends
Everything

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Cuban food What kind of foreign cuisine would you like to have on tap near your home?
I don't mind.
Cuban food
Everything!
I don't like foreign cuisine.

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Read Newspaper Which of these newspaper headlines would make you want to pull up stakes if it happened where you live?
Earthquakes Rock Downtown
Major Blizzard Snarls Traffic
Nude Man Marries Alligator After Police Chase
Airports Snarled As Hurricane Approaches

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Airplane How often do you travel by airplane?
I fly about once a year.
I fly a few times a year.
I fly a couple of times a year.
I don't fly very often at all.

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Walking in NYC How many languages do you like to hear when among the throng?
I don't mind.
Just two or three.
The more the merrier!
Just one! I only want to hear one language!

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Friends abroad When traveling abroad, where do you like to go?
Anywhere!
Someplace hot, like Italy or Costa Rica
Someplace with lots of culture, like Paris or Berlin
I don't like traveling abroad.

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Family hike What would you do on a mountain vacation?
Rock climbing!
Fly fishing
Bushcraft
Stay inside

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July 4th How would you spend July 4th weekend?
Picnicking where I can see the fireworks
On my boat, partying!
In my back yard, barbecuing!
At home, watching TV

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NYC Subway How tolerant are you of public transportation?
I'm somewhat tolerant.
I'm not at all tolerant.
I'm extremely tolerant.
I never take public transportation.

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Friends watching football What professional sport do you follow?
Baseball
Football
Hockey
Bowling

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Riding subway What is the longest commute you would tolerate?
An hour
Thirty minutes
Three hours
Twenty minutes

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Snow Shoeing How do you prepare for the winter?
Renew the old wardrobe
Put on a jacket
Break out the snow shoes
Scream and head for the bomb shelter

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40-60
60-70
20-30
30-40

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