In What Time Should You Have Been Born?

By: Emily Maggrett

In What Time Should You Have Been Born?
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About This Quiz

Whether you're a child or a septuagenarian, our current era is a stressful one to be living through. People today have to deal with countless demands on their attention, an excess of choices and a tense social fabric that's been stretched to the limit. With so many challenges to our well-being, is it any wonder that the past looks peaceful by comparison?

That tranquility may be an illusion — after all, our forebears had to contend with wars, plagues and terrible prejudices — but still, past ages have their charms. Who hasn't dreamed of taking tea with a Victorian family, or roaming the forest with a friendly caveman? Who wouldn't want to visit the court of France's Sun King, or play volleyball with Tom Cruise in the '80s? 

If you've always fantasized about living in a different time, this quiz will delight you! We're going to ask you several moral and psychological questions. These queries will reveal your ethical beliefs, religious inclinations, moral orientation and most deeply held values. After completing your personality profile, our quiz supercomputer will match you to the historical era that best suits your unique quirks. Want to find out where and when you belong? Dive into this quiz!

Woman using iPhone Do you love or loathe digital technology?
It can be helpful, but it can also be very dangerous.
I hate it.
I love it! Social media is the best.
People were smarter and more focused before we had computers. However, the internet makes it easier for people to share information across vast distances.

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Frustrated laptop What's your biggest complaint about the modern era?
Families aren't close anymore.
People have to work too hard.
There are too many rules and regulations.
Ignorance flourishes, while true learning is scorned by most.

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helping homeless Do you feel that you have a moral obligation to help the less fortunate?
Well, the church does. I don't personally have any such obligation.
We should take care of the elderly and children.
Nope! It's all about the survival of the fittest, baby.
Of course. What else is a society for?

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Young Woman outfit Clothing-wise, are you usually covered up or letting it all hang out?
I rarely show any skin.
I wear lots of casual, revealing styles.
I cover up for work and let it all hang out when I party.
I try to strike a balance between those two extremes.

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Apartments What's your ideal living configuration?
I'd like to live with my nuclear family.
I'd prefer to live in a communal setting.
Two incomes, no kids, baby!
How about I live alone with a bunch of servants?

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Survivor How long would you last on "Survivor"?
A week
The full 39 days (and beyond!)
Maybe three days?
Four hours

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afternoon tea What's your favorite tradition?
Afternoon tea is a lovely, civilized tradition.
Solstice celebrations help me accept the passage of the seasons.
I don't particularly care for any traditions.
I love roasting chestnuts at Christmas.

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Art Gallery In your opinion, how much money should the government spend on the arts?
None. If people don't want to spend money on a work of art, then it must not be very good.
Artists in every community deserve to be fed and housed.
A couple million, I suppose?
Very little. Instead, wealthy patrons of the arts should pay for it.

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pirate captain Of the following old-fashioned professions, which one appeals to you the most?
Ship's captain
Hunter
Print journalist
Bard

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Banker and American soldier Is your moral obligation to help people in your own country the same as or different from your moral obligation to help people in other countries?
I feel a greater obligation to help people in my own country.
It depends on which people you have alliances with.
I don't feel an "obligation" to help anybody!
I think I have the same obligation to help my countrymen as I do to help folks in other lands.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip What do you think of the monarchy?
I love it. God save the Queen (or King).
Power shouldn't be inherited. People need to earn their place in society.
I don't care about it, because most kings and queens only have symbolic power.
It's a corrupt institution that we should destroy.

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Wince woman lie In your opinion, is it ever OK to lie?
No, that's a sin.
Yes, if it would save a life.
Of course! All's fair in love and war.
A lie is a stain on one's honor.

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Sweep, mop How often do you sweep, mop or vacuum your floors?
Every two days
I only clean my floors if my parents are coming over.
Once a month
Once a week

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Ghosts Do you believe in ghosts or spirits?
Yes. I'm afraid of ghosts, actually.
I believe in magical spirits, yes.
Both are a myth.
I don't believe in ghosts, but I believe in psychic phenomena.

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Graffiti mural Which styles of art speak to you the most?
Carefully drawn lithographs
Murals
Abstract art
Realism

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Bowl of blueberries Of the following desserts, which one sounds the most delicious?
A strawberry and clotted cream trifle
A bowl of fresh blueberries
Chocolate cheesecake
An enormous plum pudding

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read books What kind of books do you like to read?
Big, fat novels
I hate reading.
I like self-help books.
Poetry

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receiving advice How do you feel about advice?
It's a good idea to listen to the wisdom of your elders.
When you're in an unfamiliar place, advice from locals can be invaluable.
You should rarely give it and never take it.
The wisest members of society should give it, but not receive it.

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Taxes If citizens disagree with how their tax money is spent, do you think they should have to pay taxes anyway?
Yes, because it's the law.
Probably? It seems like society would get chaotic fast if we did things differently.
No. We need to protect the rights of the individual.
Yes. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

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Write letter Do you enjoy writing and receiving letters?
It's one of my favorite things to do.
No, letters are a pain in the neck.
I like getting letters that have a check in them.
A well-written letter is a joy forever.

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law books Are you a "by the book" person or a rebel against the rules?
I'm a "by the book" person.
Sometimes I break the rules, when it's convenient for me.
I play by my own rules.
I think people should question authority to make sure their rules and laws actually make sense.

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Moving If you were offered a fantastic job opportunity, would you be willing to move far away from your family and friends?
No way. I can't dump all the relationships in my life for a job.
Probably not ... it would depend on the salary.
Yes, without a second thought
Yes, although I'd miss them dearly

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Scientists Do you believe that scientists have much to learn from artists, and vice-versa?
Artists have much to learn from scientists, but the reverse is not true.
Science is inherently creative, so scientists should ask artists for tips on how to think outside the box.
No. Science is the future, art is the past.
Yes. The two disciplines are inextricably twined.

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Bonfire What's your favorite kind of lighting?
The light shed by an oil lamp
Fire light
Incandescent bulbs
Candlelight

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Mugger If you came upon a robbery in progress, would you feel an obligation to attack the thief?
No, but I'd run for a policeman.
It would depend on whether the thief was armed.
No. It's none of my business.
Of course. I'd draw my sword and run him through.

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Flowers Can you speak the language of flowers?
I'm fluent in it. Speaking of which, may I offer you a yellow rose?
No, that sounds dumb.
I've heard of it but don't know it.
Yes. Did you know that irises mean "a divine message"?

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Woman cooking In your opinion, are all of today's kitchen gadgets really necessary?
Many of them, such as pressure-cookers and bread-makers, seem silly to me.
Not at all. I'm good with a knife, a bowl, and a mortar and pestle.
Yes. I'd be lost without my stand mixer.
I think they're innovative yet unnecessary.

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Church Do you enjoy attending church?
Heck, yes!
No, but I do have several spiritual practices that I follow.
The church is for squares.
Yes. The music is fantastic, after all.

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Police Officer If your brother committed murder, would you help him escape or turn him in to the authorities?
Turn him in
It depends. Who did he kill and why?
Help him escape
Pray for him

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Czech Cathedral What's your favorite architectural style?
Gothic
I don't care about architecture.
Brutalist
Classical

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