How Did You Change the World in Your Past Life?

By: Jennifer Post

How Did You Change the World in Your Past Life?
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About This Quiz

You hear people use the phrase "life-changing" quite often. Most of the time those references are hyperbolic, but some people have actually have changed the world with their actions, products or events. In the past, acts like marching, making speeches, or refusing to move to the back of the bus have had huge impacts on human life in America. While it might seem like things that happen in your own country, town or home can't change the world, you would be surprised. 

People have their own individual interests, and these interests are what keep the world turning (well, aside from gravity). Someone who is interested in teaching might take a crack at making education more equitable. Someone interested in cooking might make meals to give to a homeless shelter. There are so many ways to change the world, even if that world is just your immediate surroundings. Eventually, it could have a ripple effect that will make its way around the globe. 

When you look at past leaders or ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for this world, what do they all have in common? It could be perseverance. It could be gumption. Do you have it too? Take this quiz and we'll guess how you changed the world in your past life!

Do you like animals?
I like them, but have never had a pet
I don't not like them
Animals are the key to my heart
Yes! Animals bring people together

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What is the most heartwarming thing you've seen?
A stranger passing out sandwiches to a group of homeless people on the street
A little free library on the corner of my neighborhood. You take a book or you leave a book.
YouTube videos of kids finding out they're getting adopted
A cold-hearted person changing their ways

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If you had to give a TED Talk, what would it be on?
Compassion
The importance of education
The cliche "the children are our future"
Conflict resolution

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If you were the ruler of a small nation, what would you do first?
Lower the price of high quality food and make it available to everyone
Fund independent book stores
Volunteer at local charities
Hold town meetings so everyone can be heard

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What are you okay spending a fortune on in order to get the best?
Vacations
University
Clothes
Whatever makes me happy at a given time

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What are you most excited about for the future?
A new president
Seeing if I can reach my 100 books in a year goal
Having a family
Getting married

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How do you like to start your day?
Coffee and breakfast
Catching up on the news
Social media
Watching TV

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What is your current job most like?
Chef
Teacher
Nurse
Mediator

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If you had to pick one place to spend all of your time, where would it be?
The woods
The beach
A cottage in the mountains
In a park

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What is one item you want but can't afford right now?
A new house
Built-in shelves in my house
A new car
A puppy

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If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
Winning the next Food Network show
Winning the National Spelling Bee
Traveling to the most cities in the world
Daytime talk show

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What do you wish you knew more about?
The populations of other countries
Space
Plumbing
What goes on inside people's brains

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What is your favorite dessert?
Pie
Doughnuts
A big batch of cookies
Anything sweet and salty

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How do you like your sandwiches cut?
Down the middle
Into tea sandwiches
Triangles
No cutting

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How would your friends describe you?
Ambitious
Nerdy
Nurturing
Annoyingly nice

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Where do you feel the most comfortable?
In the kitchen
In a coffee shop
In my bed
At work

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What is one thing you've done before that you never want to do again?
Go vegan
Sky diving
Have a pet bird
Go a month without talking to my mom

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What candy are you addicted to?
Peanut butter cups
Chewy caramels
Fruit chews
Solid chocolate

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What makes you truly happy?
Mastering something really difficult
Getting lost in a good story
Donating things I don't use anymore
Making other people happy

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Are you a risk taker?
With certain things, yes
I wouldn't say I am
If it helps someone I will take a risk
No way

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What are you self conscious about?
I'm not handy at all
My math skills are lacking, even the simple ones
I wish I could sew
Not having a lot of friends

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What do you get fired up about?
A great meal
Home decor
Love!
Making new friends

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How do you like your coffee?
Black
Cappuccino
In an IV
Milk and sugar

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What TV shows do you like to watch?
Cooking shows
Trivia shows
Anything on HGTV
Sappy dramas

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Which city would you live in?
New York City
Paris
Buenos Aires
Lagos

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If you could have dinner with one of the below, who would it be?
Ghandi
J.K. Rowling
Mother Theresa
JFK

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What animal is your favorite our of the list below?
Sloth
Cat
Dog
Penguin

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How would you describe your style?
Practical
Bohemian
Comfortable
Professional

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What can't you live without?
Friends
Tea
Family
Communication

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How far do you think you would make it on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
$50,000
Probably go out after the second question
$10,000
$125,000

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