What % Southern Gentleman Are You?

By: Emily Maggrett

What % Southern Gentleman Are You?
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About This Quiz

As an experiment, try Googling, "What is a Southern gentleman?" A quick glance through the results will show you that no two people define the concept of a "Southern gentleman" the same way. Some people think that a Southern gentleman is merely a guy who always opens doors for others. Other people say that a Southern gentleman is an attractive, well-dressed fellow with perfect manners. Still, others think of a Southern gentleman as a man who partakes in all aspects of Southern culture, appreciating the South's history and cuisine as well as its flora and fauna, traditional sporting activities and architecture.

For this quiz, we've come up with questions related to all these definitions of Southern manhood, so we can figure out whether you're the reincarnation of Rhett Butler or the second coming of Joe Dirt. To qualify as a true Southern gentleman, you're going to have to tell us how you treat your mom, whether you go Dutch on dates and what kind of dog you have. Please be honest! Our quiz supercomputer has been expertly calibrated to detect your exact percentage of Southern gentlemanliness, so if you exaggerate about how often you send thank-you notes, we'll know. 😉

If you've always thought that you're so Southern, you make Ashley Wilkes look like Ashlee Simpson, this is your chance to shine. So put some Lynyrd Skynyrd on the stereo and come play this quiz!

Q 23 Apple pie What's your favorite kind of pie?
Blueberry
Apple
Pecan
Shoofly

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Q 01 Open the door Do you ALWAYS open the door for women, the elderly and people with disabilities?
Nah. Doors are heavy!
I open the door for the elderly.
I ask people if they need help with the door and open it if they say yes.
Always!

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Q 05 Bad cook You're having dinner at a friend's house. He's a VERY BAD cook. What do you do?
Leave without eating anything
Claim to be allergic to the dinner's ingredients
Push my food around so it looks like I ate more than I did
Choke down everything I'm served

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Q 17 Mom flowers How often do you send your mom flowers?
Um ... never?
On Mother's Day
On Mother's Day and her birthday
Once a week

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Q 20 CCR Who's your favorite Southern musician?
Taylor Swift
Alabama Shakes
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ray Charles

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Q 04 Ride a horse Be honest: can you ride a horse?
Heck, no!
I rode one once.
I rode in high school but haven't been on a horse in years.
Of course!

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Q 02 Blue suit What color shoes go with a blue suit?
My sneakers go with everything!
White
Black
Brown

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Q 03 Tip your server How much are you going to tip your server?
Whatever I think they deserve
10%
15%
20%

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Q 06 Magnolias What's your favorite kind of tree?
Redwoods
Pine trees
Live oaks
Magnolias

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Q 07 Baceball cap You're sitting down to dinner at your mom's house. Your little brother still has his baseball cap on. What do you do?
Nothing. Who cares?
I give him a stern look.
I forcibly remove the hat.
No brother of mine would do that!

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Q 08 How late is too late In your opinion, how late is too late?
It's fine to be 15 minutes late.
It's fine to be five minutes late.
On time is late; 15 minutes early is on time.
A gentleman always keeps his appointments.

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Q 09 Sudden rain You take your date to see a football game. Suddenly, it starts raining. What do you do?
Say, "Oh darn," and hope it stops soon
Ask my date if they want to go home
Give my date my coat
Shelter my date under my umbrella

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Q 10 Stand up When a lady enters the room, do you stand up?
No. Why should I?
Not unless she's a person I'm meeting.
Yes, if I know her.
Always!

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Q 11 Old lady crossing You see an old lady crossing the street. She's laden with grocery bags. What do you do?
Nothing? It's not my problem.
Feel guilty for not helping her (but get on with my day).
Offer to carry her bags
Rush to her side, take her bags and drive her home!

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Q 12 Treat parents If you were serious about someone, how would you treat their parents?
IDK. Who cares about their parents?
I'd try to get to know them.
The first time we met, I'd bring gifts to their parents and seek their good favor.
I would always treat their parents with the utmost respect!

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Q 13 Suit When's the last time you wore a suit?
My brother's wedding
At my last corporate conference
I wear suits whenever I attend formal events.
Yesterday

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Q 14 Advice In your opinion, when is it polite to offer advice?
Whenever
If someone seems like they really need it
Only when you're asked
Never!

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Q 15 Walking down the street You and your date are walking down the street. Which side do you walk on?
The inside
Wherever
I'll walk on the outside, but only on the highway.
I ALWAYS walk next to traffic.

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Q 16 Victorian architecture Can you tell the difference between Greek Revival and Victorian architecture?
Not at all!
Uh, erm, well ... no, though I don't like admitting it.
Greek Revival involves columns, right?
I'm an expert on old houses. There's nothing I love more!

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Q 18 Ma_am When is it appropriate to call a woman "ma'am"?
I only call women "ma'am" as a joke.
When she's over 40
When she's in a position of authority
Always!

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Q 19 Fix a car Your girlfriend's car breaks down. Do you know how to fix it?
No, but I know how to call AAA.
Uh, I'd likely pretend to know and then call for help.
I can fix simple problems, such as overheated engines.
Yes. I know my way around an engine.

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Q 21 Pregnant lady You've had a long, hard day at your construction job and are riding home on the bus. A pregnant lady gets on and sighs because there are no free seats. Do you give her yours?
Nope! I'm tired.
Yes, but only if she's in her third trimester.
Yes, but only if no one else offers theirs up first.
Of course!

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Q 22 Ghosted Have you ever ghosted someone?
Duh!
Sometimes it's the best way to end a casual relationship.
I did once, but I felt guilty about it.
No. Ghosting is insanely rude.

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Q 24 Strangers Are you comfortable chatting up strangers?
Heck, no!
No, but I try to be polite anyway.
Sort of? Depends on my mood.
Yep. It's just part of being an adult.

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Q 25 Gut and clean If you had to, would you know how to gut and clean a fish?
Ew, no!
I could probably figure it out.
I could do it, but not very well.
Naturally. I go fishing once a week!

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Q 26 How old Have you ever asked a woman how old she is?
Yes. I mean, it was hard to guess so I wanted to know!
Yes, that's a question I sometimes ask on first dates.
I try not to ask questions like that, but sometimes they slip out.
I would never do that, except if the female in question was a girl under 10.

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Q 27 thank you note When should one send a thank-you note?
Never?
After you receive a wedding gift
Whenever you receive a gift or have a job interview
Whenever anyone does something nice for you

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Q 28 Grandma You're taking your grandma out for dessert. What do you do before you sit down?
Check the menu to make sure the restaurant isn't too expensive
Scope out the other people in the restaurant
Escort my grandmother to our table
Pull out my grandmother's chair

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Q 29 French bulldog What kind of dog would you like to own?
I'd like a kitty-cat instead.
A French bulldog
A Labrador retriever
A bluetick hound

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Q 30 Go Dutch When is it OK to go Dutch on a date?
I still go Dutch with my partner, even though we're married.
When I'm broke
When it's your first date
Never!!!

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