What Percent Wife Material Are You?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Marriage has been with us since pretty much the first time a group of nomads decided they really liked a particular spot and decided to invent something called a flag to plant on it. Once they had property, they had to figure out inheritance, and that meant formalizing their familial relationships. Until a few hundred years ago, marriage continued to be a version of this concept, where essentially two people would pool resources and forge alliances by putting a ring on it.

Of course, that's a pretty poor substitute for what marriage came to be, starting around the time of Jane Austen and the Romantic movement. The idea of a love match came into being, which means that you should look for a soulmate who completes you. Naturally, that's a little woolly when it comes to the practicalities of real life, and these days, with women pursuing degrees and careers and men freed from the concept of a repetitive manual job for life and no hope of advancement, marriage has evolved once more. 

Now, yes, it's about sharing resources and making a wise match, and yes, it's absolutely about love - but it's also about two individual people who don't need someone to complete them, but choose to share their life, their dreams, and their goals anyway. Being a good wife or husband is about supporting your partner while allowing them to enable your best self and fulfill your greatest potential, whatever that may be. So tell us how you approach a relationship, and we'll see if you're ready to wife it up!

Do you know how to maintain a boundary respectfully but firmly?

What's the first quality you require in a potential spouse?

Do you mind the idea of putting up with in-laws?

Which famous couple is your idea of major relationship goals?

Do you like organizing family events?

What's the first relationship dealbreaker that pops into your head?

How petty are you?

Do you know where you want to be in ten years?

Do you spend less than you earn?

What small thing could someone do on date one to guarantee date two?

Do you see marriage in financial terms?

Is marriage just a piece of paper?

Do you believe in The One?

Do opposites attract?

Have you completed your education?

How do you feel about pre-nups?

Do you hold grudges?

Are you someone who keeps their word?

Do you often suffer from unrealistic expectations?

Do you see kids in the future?

Do you know when to turn a tactful blind eye?

Do you like who you are?

Do you have a good marital role model in your life?

Do you like the idea of being someone's cheerleader forever?

Do you know who you would like to become?

Do you have a will drawn up?

Do you know how to put others first?

Could you use a cheerleader yourself?

Are you able to assume the best motives about someone even when you are mad at them?

If you become a wife and it all goes perfectly... one day you'll be a widow. How do you feel about that?

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