What % Southern Are You?

By: Emily Maggrett

What % Southern Are You?
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About This Quiz

Whether you know what it means to miss New Orleans or grew up in a lonely Appalachian "holler," one thing's for sure: the South is in your blood. This part of the United States exerts a charm like no other, which has given birth to a number of regional traditions, from the French-influenced Creole and Cajun cultures of Louisiana to the urban African-American culture of Atlanta to the plaintive country music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

If you're taking this quiz, we're guessing that you're either a native Southerner or someone who moved to the South out of sheer fascination with its ways. Regardless of whether you're a Southerner by birth or by choice, we respect your gumption. The South is beautiful, but that beauty comes with a price tag: harsh heat, obnoxious critters and a slower way of life. (Of course, some may see a more sedate lifestyle as a feature, not a bug!)

Are you curious about how deeply the South has sunk into your soul? If you'd like to find out if you're 100% Southern or just another dang Yankee, this is the quiz for you. Tell us how you feel about flowering dogwood, succotash and Flannery O'Connor, and we'll reveal exactly how Southern you are! Ready? Let's get quizzing!

What's your favorite country song?
"Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton
"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash
"Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard
"Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn

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Have you ever ridden barefoot in the bed of a pick-up truck?
Of course not; that's dangerous.
Once!
In my neck of the woods, that's what we call public transportation.
Well, I usually put my shoes on if we're drivin' to church.

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What's your favorite kind of barbecue?
There are different kinds of barbecue?
Kansas City-style barbecue
Texas barbecue
North Carolina barbecue

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It's a hot day and you need to cool off. Where are you going swimming?
My pool
Frog Lake
The crick
My local swimmin' hole

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What's the dorkiest Southern slang term you use?
"Skedaddle"
"Gussied up"
"Dern tootin'"
"If I had my druthers ... "

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How much time is too much time to spend on your porch?
More than an hour
More than three hours
More than two days straight
I sleep on my porch most nights!

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What's Reese Witherspoon's greatest film?
"Legally Blonde"
"Sweet Home Alabama"
"Walk the Line"
"Freeway"

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Cut-off jean shorts are ... ?
Tacky
Fun
Essential
My work uniform

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Imagine it's a slow, sunny Sunday. What will you be doing?
Reading
Gardening
Mudding
Fishing

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What do you call a mixture of corn, lima beans, tomatoes and bell peppers?
A vegetable medley
Corn 'n' beans
Succotash
Dinner

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Can you complete the lyric? "Just some good ol' boys, never ..."
"Doing no wrong"
"Leanin' on cars"
"Meanin' no harm"
"Meanin' no harm/Beats all you never saw/Been in trouble with the law/Since the day they was born"

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What kind of clothes go with cowboy boots?
Jeans and a cowboy shirt
Anything Western
Anything casual
All clothes, any garment you can think of!

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Do you know what color "haint blue" is?
I'm not sure!
Navy blue
Silver
A very pale blue

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What's your favorite seafood dish?
Blackened redfish
Shrimp jambalaya
Fried catfish
A mess of crawdaddys!

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How would you describe Scarlett O'Hara?
She's an unfortunate glamorization of the racist antebellum South.
She's a fun literary character but an objectively horrible person.
She's a hilarious anti-hero.
She's the epitome of a steel magnolia!

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Going to church is ... ?
Outdated
Boring but necessary
Very important to me
Of utmost importance to my spiritual wellbeing

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Which of these trees is the most beautiful?
The dogwood
The crepe myrtle
The live oak
The sugar magnolia

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Who's your favorite author?
Dorothy Allison
Flannery O'Connor
William Faulkner
Tennessee Williams

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Hot sauce is ... ?
Needlessly spicy
A tasty flavoring
Important to keep in your purse
The only condiment I need

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What do you call soda?
A soft drink
Soda, of course!
Pop
Coke

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Which of these weird Southern vegetables have you eaten?
Black-eyed peas
Collard greens
Fried green tomatoes
Okra

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Do you live in the country or the city?
The city
The suburbs
My town is so small, it isn't even incorporated!
The family farm

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Have you ever driven any of these vehicles?
Prius
All-terrain vehicle
Tractor
Mobile home

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What's your favorite Southern TV show?
"Hart of Dixie"
"True Blood"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Justified"

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Do you consider Florida to be a part of the South?
Of course!
Err, maybe?
Hmm. The South would rather not "claim" Florida.
Heck no!

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It's a blazing hot day. What are you drinking?
La Croix
Lemonade
Sweet tea
A mint julep

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Which Southern state is the greatest?
Virginia
North Carolina
Texas
Louisiana

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Imagine you've got your choice of Southern charmers: Matthew McConaughey, Owen Wilson, Channing Tatum and Chris Rock. Who would you choose to date?
Channing Tatum
Chris Rock
Matthew McConaughey
Owen Wilson

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How frequently do varmints vex you?
I don't know what those words mean?
Fire ants and mosquitoes plague me.
I'm currently at war with a possum.
If I ain't being vexed by squirrels, I'm fightin' raccoons with a BB gun.

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Which of these Southern literary quotes encapsulates your life?
“Even if it meant that she had failed, she was glad. And if what she'd wanted had been impossible from the start, still there was a certain lonely comfort in the fact that she'd known it was impossible and had gone ahead and done it anyway.”
"To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness."
"What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains."
"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."

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