What Era of American History Do You Belong In?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Era of American History Do You Belong In?
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About This Quiz

American history hasn't been an entirely smooth road. On the scale of human history, the last 240 years represent a relatively modest sliver of time, but thanks to a combination of geography, climate, cultural factors, previous history, and demography, America has been an exceptionally exciting place to be for its somewhat short existence. 

For those who were here before the USA became the USA, of course, that 240 period (and the 100 to 150 years preceding it) contains a great deal of misery. Likewise, for those who did not travel to these shores by choice, America's existence hasn't always been their idea of happy fun times. However, in the words of a great American, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." So it is in the United States, where the progress of the country from a place that TALKED good ideas but didn't live them to a place that is starting to embody them more has been a very complicated path indeed.

Where would you have thrived along this rocky road? Did you belong in the Gilded Age, when inequality was at its peak, and the working class began to organize itself to do something about it? Are you from the 1960s, an age when Civil Rights, feminism, and environmentalism started to take hold? Do you belong now, in the period of great trials but also a great awakening of civic awareness as people double down on fighting for what they value? Or are you best aligned with the time when it all began, when everything seemed possible, and the idea of a perfect nation hadn't been threatened by the realities of life in the 1700s? Let's find out!

What's your favorite thing about the modern world?
Our cultural traditions.
The power of high finance.
We're in a golden age of activism.
What's not to like?

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Do you know how to dance?
I can square dance.
I can ballroom dance.
If I get inebriated, I can dance.
I can breakdance.

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What kind of shoes do you love to wear?
I love wearing loafers.
I love wearing wingtips.
I love wearing combat boots.
I love wearing sneakers.

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How do you want to spend your free time?
I'm usually writing.
I'm usually working a second or third job.
I'm usually listening to music.
I'm usually gaming.

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Do your friends tend to live quite similar lives to yours?
Their lives are almost exactly like mine.
Their lives are either they are exactly the same or very different, without a middle ground.
For the most part.
No, not really.

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What cause do you really care about?
Anti-federalism.
My own.
Civil rights.
Human rights.

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If you could pass a law and everyone would obey it, what law would it be?
Stay off my lawn.
No more income tax.
Legalize recreational drugs.
Net neutrality.

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If you could change one aspect of our history, what would it be?
I'd resolve the slavery question without the Civil War.
I'd eliminate the social safety net.
I'd save John F. Kennedy's life.
The debte over the Russian election meddling in 2016's election wouldn't exist.

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What do you think is the greatest challenge of your time?
Preserving the constitution.
Balancing the needs of industry with the needs of labor.
Confronting Russia.
Coming to terms with the power of social media.

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How do you like to travel?
By ship.
By train.
By car.
By plane.

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Does ambient noise bother you?
Yes.
Not really.
Sometimes.
Not at all.

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What sort of home do you dream of living in?
A farmhouse.
A mansion.
A suburban house.
An apartment.

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How do you feel about the great outdoors?
It's in the name: great!
It's there to be cut down and replaced with factories.
It's pretty cool.
It's a welcome respite from the city.

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Which president do you love to hear speak?
Donald Trump.
Ronald Reagan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Barrack Obama.

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Which great American woman is your role model?
Deborah Sampson.
Susan B. Anthony.
Rosa Parks.
Betty Friedan.

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Which country do you think America should choose for its best friend?
France.
China.
Britain.
No one!

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Which country do you think America totally shouldn't trust, ever?
Canada.
Germany.
Russia.
America.

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Have you ever left the USA?
No need to!
Yes, once.
Yes, a couple times.
Yes, many times.

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How much of a news junkie are you?
I'm not a news junkie at all.
I read the papers sometimes.
I subscribe to a couple papers.
I can't take my eyes off the news.

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Do you need a lot of instant gratification?
No, I'm spiritually opposed to it.
I like things quickly if possible.
It should be quick, unless I have to pay.
I need everything now!

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What's your idea of a harmless but lovely treat for yourself?
Some lovely apples.
A new house.
Some nice wine.
Subscribing to a new movie steaming service.

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Have you ever had to rely on a safety net that wasn't a relative?
No, my family has it going on.
No, because I'm rich.
Yes, and I was glad it was there.
No, but I probably will.

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Do you know your neighbors?
Of course I do! They're lovely.
I know the ones I get along with.
I know some of them, but I have too many to know all of them.
I know none of my neighbors.

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How important is it to you to form your own very traditional family unit?
It's the most important thing.
It's important, but I'm willing to go through a couple marriages to do it right.
It's nominally important to me.
It's totally unimportant.

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Would you rather live a shorter but very exciting life, or a longer but duller one?
I like things dull.
Can I have something in the middle?
Live fast, die young.
I'd prefer to an exciting part of my life, and then the rest should be dull and long.

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Would you ever start your own business?
No, I'll do what my parents did.
Yes, and I will conquer the world!
I'm too busy finishing my novel.
What? Another one?

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How important is it to you to own your own home one day?
It's the most important thing.
It's pretty darn important.
It's of modest importance.
It's not important to me.

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Do you ever feel kind of guilty about all the lovely things you get by virtue of being American, knowing that other people don't have them?
Nope. They're my rights.
I don't know what guilt of any kinds feels like.
I feel terribly guilty about that.
Actually, I think with a lot of nations it balances out, since they have things like socialized medicine.

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How important is it for humanity to go to other planets or heavenly bodies like the moon?
It's a waste of good money.
It's a silly fantasy.
It's the most important thing.
It's still pretty important. We learn a lot by doing it.

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On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest, how sure are you that America will still be a) around and b) a democracy, in 100 years?
Ten.
Two.
Four.
Seven.

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