What Country Would You Be an Ambassador For?

By: Patrick Hyde
Estimated Completion Time
8 min
What Country Would You Be an Ambassador For?
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About This Quiz

There is more than one way to reach a compromise. One school of thought advocates for you can go in swinging, trying to intimidate your opponent through a show of strength until they back down and accept your conditions. Or you could go for the utmost politeness and observe manners, deftly avoiding confrontation while subtlety advocating for your point of view. Which would you choose?

Rhetorical style and negotiation tactics matter to lawyers, politicians, and ambassadors. There are currently 195 countries in the world today, and they all need ambassadors to advocate for their best interests in countries throughout the globe. An ambassador must represent his or her country's values, which often factors into their negotiation and diplomatic style. 

And while much of the time these professional diplomats are attending fancy dinners and living in luxurious apartments in historic neighborhoods, severe crises could pop up. How would you negotiate a hostage release or help a citizen imprisoned in a foreign jail? Would you want to be an ambassador for a country that is likely to get into a nerve-wracking showdown? Or would you prefer to represent a nation that is peaceful and rarely involved in dramatic global confrontations? Answer the questions in this quiz to determine for what country your personality is best suited! 

1 - negotiation An ambassador needs to be diplomatic. What is your negotiating style?
I bring multiple parties to the table to work things out so everyone wins.
I try to find common ground and working from there.
I am the biggest personality in the room and refuse to back down.
I do exhaustive research beforehand, so I am prepared for every outcome.

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2 - formal wear You're going to a formal event. What do you wear?
Something stylish and minimalist
The least formal thing that is still passable
A power suit or dress
Traditional formal wear

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3 -bully In school, were you more likely to be the bullied or the bully?
The bullied
I tried to get along with everybody
I pushed some kids around
I was the bully, but I reformed my ways

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4 - tidy An ambassador reflects their country. How important is cleanliness to you?
I work with others to make sure my living space is neat and organized.
Beauty is more important than cleanliness, but I do try.
Cleanliness is not that important to me, but I sometimes pay someone to clean my area.
Extremely important. I have everything neat and organized.

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5 - plans Your friends made plans for the weekend without consulting you. How do you respond?
I try to revise the plan so it works out the best for everyone.
It doesn't matter; I'll just go with the flow.
I scrap their plans and come up with new ones.
I will be as polite as possible in tweaking the plans to accommodate me.

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6 - argument at office One of your coworkers is creating problems for the office. How do you respond?
Create a summit with management, the coworker and all team leads to talk it out.
I ignore the problem. Someone else will take care of it.
I rally other coworkers to join me and then confront them, telling them to change or else.
I offer my support to the person spearheading the confrontation if I think they're right.

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7 - cheers Would you rather be respected by all or loved by all?
I want people to respect how much love I give.
Love all the way!
Respect is of the utmost importance to me.
I think respect is more important.

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8 - workaholic What is your greatest weakness?
I am not very ambitious.
I have a hard time staying on task.
Some say that I can come off as arrogant, but they're wrong.
I am a workaholic and my personal life suffers.

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9 - friends and fun How are you regarded by your peers?
I am well-liked, though some criticize me for being too generous.
I'm known as fun-loving and enjoyable to be around.
I am respected and resented, but that's the way I want it.
I am considered to be very serious with great aesthetic taste.

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10 - road trip You have a long weekend off. How do you spend it?
I go on a nice sailing trip out to an island.
I take a trip to the beach with my friends.
I go on a road trip and see natural beauty.
I relax at my favorite spa.

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11 - movie night Time to pick out a movie for the night. What do you choose?
A black and white art-house film
A buddy comedy
An action movie or western
An animated sci-fi film

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12 - learning japanese How many different languages do you know?
Four
Three
Two
One

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13 - lunch boxes Would your doctor say that you have a healthy diet?
I eat mostly health-conscious meals but drink lots of beer.
I eat lots of fruit and meat, so it's a mixed bag.
No, but those guys don't know what they're talking about!
Yes, I eat a very healthy and balanced diet.

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14 - photography What is a vacation pet-peeve of yours?
When people are rude or pushy
A busy schedule that doesn't give time to relax
Going through a bunch of boring museums
Running out of camera battery early in the day

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15 - too cold Do you prefer to live somewhere where it is too warm or somewhere too cold?
I enjoy the winter, comfy clothes and ski adventures.
It can never be too hot!
I want to have the option of living in a bunch of different climates.
I prefer the cold but don't want it to be too cold.

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16 - success Is it more important to you to succeed in your professional life or your personal life?
While my career is important to me, I wouldn't take a job that consumed my personal life.
I dedicate most of my time to my personal life at the detriment of my professional life.
I want to succeed in both. I believe you can have it all.
I dedicate most of my time to my professional life at the detriment of my personal life.

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17 - talking to boss You believe someone is attempting to undermine you at work. How do you respond?
Have a frank but non-accusatory conversation with them and try to figure it out
Kill them with kindness so that they feel bad and stop
Confront them directly and demand they back down or else
Pretend like nothing's wrong while gathering evidence to build your case

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18 - soccer Which of the following sports best fits your personality?
Soccer
Beach volleyball
Football
Baseball

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19 - philosophy Which of the following phrases matches your philosophy as ambassador?
"Live together, die alone."
"We must tend our garden."
"Walk softly and carry a big stick."
"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

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20 - meeting family You're going to a friend's parents' house for the first time. How do you make sure that you're honoring the household customs?
I pay attention to everything they request but don't go out of my way to ask.
Friendliness is more important than practicing good manners, so that's what I focus on.
I just use my normal manners. I'm sure they don't mind.
I make sure to ask about everything so that I don't do something impolite.

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21 - messy park Your neighborhood park was trashed by vandals. Do you help in the cleanup efforts?
I donate an hour of my time. Everyone should do their fair share.
Absolutely, and I bring all my friends with me
I donate money to the cleanup effort and send my thoughts.
If my schedule allows, I will spend time. Otherwise, I will send money.

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22 - big decision If you had to do something that benefited you but made others think less of you, would you do it?
No, I put my reputation front and center.
I wouldn't do anything that made me feel guilty, regardless of my reputation.
Yes, I need to look out for No. 1.
I have done that in the past but try not to anymore.

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23 - insomnia What keeps you from falling asleep at night?
I worry about times I've wronged people or treated them unfairly.
I think about times others have wronged me.
I focus on opportunities that I have missed or squandered.
Replaying embarrassing things I've done

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24 - picnic date You are super excited about going out on your third date and want to impress the person. How do you do it?
Pack a delicious picnic and bring it somewhere on the water
I invite them over and cook my signature dish.
I take them out to an expensive dinner at a fancy restaurant.
I take them to my favorite sushi spot and follow it with fun karaoke.

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I'm not a fan but don't have anything against them.
No, I prefer sports where everyone gets along.
Yes, I love a good boxing or MMA fight.
I enjoy martial arts where the emphasis is on style and technique rather than violence.

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26 - rodeo Which of the following cultural events sounds like the best way to spend an afternoon?
Going to the symphony
Listening to outdoor music and having a picnic
Going to the rodeo and eating fried food
Eating a nice dinner while watching a play

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27 - comfort Your friend was just fired from work. How do you comfort them?
I try to rationally explain to them why it is better this way.
I invite them over to my house, put on a funny movie and order food.
I try to use my connections to get them a new job.
I bake them a cake and deliver it to them at home.

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28 - homeless man A homeless man is begging for change on the street. How do you respond?
Give him some money and offer to help him join any public assistance programs.
I give him a few bucks. I would give more, but I'm always tight on cash myself.
I assess if he is worthy of aid and then give him some money if he fits my standards.
I walk past quickly and reflect on how he should have a better work ethic.

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29 - rival fan Do you think it is more important to be well-liked or to be correct?
I think that you can assert your point without insulting the other party.
It is not worth it to hurt people's feelings to make a point.
It's my way or the highway, and I don't care what people think!
I put social acceptance over the truth to avoid being rude.

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30 - polite Which of the following personality traits best describe your rhetorical style?
Charming and focused
Personable and affable
Boisterous and confident
Polite but rigorous

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