What Period of History Do You Actually Belong In?

Geoff Hoppe

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About This Quiz

You don't get to pick your family, your height, or (maybe worst of all) when you're born. Maybe you'd be happier with a radically different system of government, or a way of thinking, or a wildly different type of job. 

And while you don't get to pick when you're born, you can figure out what time might have been best for you by reading. That's the beauty of history: to figure out what situation suits you best, all you have to do is go looking. And learning that can tell you a lot about how to shape your present.

Every period offers something, and every period suits someone best. Maybe you have the restless energy of a hunter-gatherer. Maybe you have the natural scientific curiosity of an Enlightenment philosopher. Maybe you're more an antique Greek than a modern person, most at home in a polis. Maybe you're a humanist at heart, eager to trace your knowledge to its sources, as an explorer seeks out a river's headwaters. 

Whatever age your heart might belong to, figuring that out is an adventure, and also a lot of fun!

To determine what age suits you best, answer the 30 questions in this quiz. You might be surprised to find where your personality would be most at home!

How involved do you want to be with your government?

What kind of music do you like?

How do you like to settle conflicts?

What do you like to read?

How much change do you want in your life?

What would you rather do in your spare time?

When I look at a laurel tree, I see...

Are you more introverted or extroverted?

How do you like to get around?

What sort of religion suits you?

What sort of paintings do you like?

What sort of footwear flatters you best?

What does your dream house look like?

If your country needs to fight a war, how do you pick soldiers?

Which of the following is the most impressive achievement?

What good is religion?

What fashion choice flatters you most?

What's your go-to food option?

What sort of life makes someone great?

Who is your spirit animal?

How much of an athlete are you?

What's a good education look like?

What is your favorite color?

How do you know what you know?

Which of these sports would you rather play?

What is your attitude toward exploration?

What's an ideal date night?

You see an old friend for the first time in ages. What's the first thing you do?

How do you make a daily schedule?

Which social media platform is your favorite?

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