What % Cynical Are You?

Brian Whitney

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About This Quiz

When it comes right down to it, what sort of attitude do you have toward life? Do you think that good things will happen to you and your loved ones and that people are inherently good? Or do you think that people will just let you down in the end? If you chose the latter, then you're definitely cynical.

Being cynical doesn't mean things aren't going to work out for you, but it does have a lot to do with how you look at life. Let's say, for example, you just met someone that you really like, and you've started to date them. If you think that this person might just be the love of your life you probably are not cynical. But if you believe that this person doesn't really like you a whole lot, is probably cheating on you right off the bat, and is only dating you for your money or your looks, then you might just be a tad bit cynical.

Take this quiz, and we'll tell you what % cynical you are. That is, if you think it's worth it and not a total waste of your time. These things are never right anyway.

Your friend is volunteering at a soup kitchen, what do you think about that?

What do you think of people in happy relationships?

Someone asked you to go out with them, what do you do?

You just had a really great day, how do you feel?

Your boss asked you to take on a project, how do you feel about that?

Someone cut you off in traffic--what is your first thought?

Do you think people need to earn your trust?

On your way to work you stepped in dog poop, how do you react?

Do you often wonder why people just won't shut up?

How many times a day do you sigh?

Someone just wrote you a romantic poem, how do you feel about that?

Do you doubt what you hear until you do your own research?

Someone in the restaurant you're eating at is proposing; what are your thoughts?

You see two people making out on the beach; what do you think?

Do you think that if people work hard they can achieve anything?

Do you worry a lot about being alone when you're old?

Someone just told you that you look nice, what is your first thought?

Your best friend has decided to pursue art as a career; do you think it will work out?

Can you enjoy a book if you don't like the main protagonist?

Your friend told a story about their recent trip to Europe, are you interested?

Do you tend to hate things that are popular?

What do you think of Russel Brand?

Are you an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

What are your views on marriage?

Do you think your partner would ever cheat on you?

Do you trust your government is telling you the truth?

Do you think your best friend keeps your secrets?

How often do you say "psh"?

Would you say that you have a sarcastic sense of humor?

What do you think of humanity?

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