What Type Of Intelligent Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Type Of Intelligent Are You?
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About This Quiz

Measures of intelligence have existed for more than a century, and like most technology, these measures have changed over time. In the early days of intelligence testing, crude methods resulted in whole swathes of the population being deemed "idiots," a clinical term of the time, and the popularity of eugenics.

Today, we have come to understand that not all intelligence expresses itself the same way. Some people may appear extremely unintelligent, but possess some hidden gift with something that doesn't have a social expression. Humans' instinctive way of guessing someone's intelligence is based on the "type of person" we imagine when we picture a generic "intelligent person," probably because those ideas are based on people we were exposed to by popular culture, whom the culture has named "archetypal intelligent person." Now, due mostly to films depicting socially awkward geniuses, the spectrum of what we recognize as intelligence on sight has widened. Still, even this broadened definition doesn't encompass what we now know about the human mind.

Do you think you have a handle on your type of intelligence? Do you think you know where your IQ or EQ really shines? Just answer our list of questions, and you will know for sure what type of intelligent you are!

How would you try your hand at panhandling?
I'd compose a speech that would convince people I was a good bet.
I would come up with a moral argument to convince people I was a good person and deserving of the money.
I'd do a dance, so people would feel like I was busking, not panhandling.
I'd probably have to resort to snatching a purse and escaping on foot.

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How do you handle bad news?
I try to frame it in a way where it's not intimidating.
I consider the possibilities and strategize a way out.
I go for a run to clear my head.
I try to imagine what else is going well.

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How do you relax at the end of the day?
I read a good book.
I play with a dog.
I hit the gym.
I go for a long walk.

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What's your favorite thing to do outside?
Walk and talk with a friend
Watch the sunset
Water skiing
Hiking

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What is closest to the last book you read?
"Moab Is My Washpot"
"The Guide of The Perplexed"
"Moneyball"
"Atlas Obscura"

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When do your friends turn to you for advice?
When they're working on a new resume
When they're faced with a moral crisis
When they need some advice to recover from an injury
When they're lost

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What do you do well when you're traveling in another country?
Bond with locals
Reckon with history
Withstand long walking tours
Never get lost

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How do you prefer to correspond?
By written letter
By typed email
Face to face
By phone

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How do you handle bad personal news?
I try to make it funny.
I take a deep breath and understand it could be worse.
I do something to get my heart rate up, so the natural chemicals help me clear my head.
I get out into nature, so I'm not distracted and can wrap my mind around it.

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What healthy habit do you take part in?
I eat healthy foods.
I go to the doctor, frequently.
I play several active physical sports.
I go for long, strenuous hikes to improve muscle tone.

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What sport is for you?
Baseball, the most poetic of all sports.
Free climbing. Life and death in high relief.
Basketball. Good clean, healthy fun with a dose of technical skill.
Chess. Timing, distance... it's a duel of the minds.

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What do you do for a living?
I'm in a client facing role.
Strategy and logistics
Manual labor
Management

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How do you get your news?
I read several newspapers.
I read one newspaper.
I don't.
Facebook

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What kind of driving do you like best?
Long straight roads so I can listen to a podcast
Roads in the middle of nowhere
Challenging, winding roads that test my reflexes
Roads that aren't on the map

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What kind of party do you like to go to?
A dinner party
A cocktail party
A dance party
A tailgate party

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Who did you hang out with in high school?
The popular kids
The goth kids
The jocks
The nerds

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How did you get on with your immediate family?
I was able to navigate the social landscape.
I was able to take the moral high ground, on my high horse.
I could outrun my bully cousins.
I always knew the best place to hide when my uncle thought tickling me was something I'd enjoy.

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How would you butter up your boss to get a promotion?
I'd talk them up in a way that gets back to them.
I'd head off problems before they reached the boss.
I'd make sure I over performed on the company softball team.
I'd represent my employer at an industry event, and work hard to impress.

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How would you argue your innocence in a bar fight you didn't start or try to get into?
I'd parse out the meaning of the charges and how they don't fit.
I'd explain that I acted in self-defense, and cannot be morally at fault for that.
I'd show that I didn't start the fight because if I had, it wouldn't have been a fight, it'd have been a sucker punch and a knockout.
I'd demonstrate I was nowhere near the events that began the fight and was only drawn in unwillingly.

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How would you try to survive if you were stranded in a cabin in the mountains?
I'd try to use a radio to call for help.
I'd take stock of my resources and come up with a strategy not to die, starting with water and shelter.
I'd grab what I could carry and try to find high ground so I could find a road.
I'd follow the topography to a river and use it to get out of the mountains.

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What's the first thing you do if you wake up in the middle of the night, to a sound?
Ask "Who is there?"
Turn on the light
Grab something heavy to use as a club
Silently slink out of bed with the lights off, and explore the darkness.

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How could you successfully deal with a traffic ticket?
I'd talk the cop out of it.
I'd argue it in court.
I'd try to escape the coppers!
I'd explain that the speed limit sign wasn't in a place I could see it.

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How are you at pitching?
I can usually make a good case for a project.
I can make a very urgent case for a project.
I can throw in the low 90s!
I don't know if I could reach the plate. 60 feet 6 inches is a long way.

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What is your chief virtue?
My empathy
My judgement
My fortitude
My awareness

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What skill do you value in the people you hang out with?
Great small talk
Hidden depths
High energy
An adventurous spirit

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What sort of advice might someone ask of you?
How might they bring up a subject with a touchy mutual friend
How should you handle a promotion that came at the expense of a friendship?
How do you throw a curveball?
How do you keep track of where you parked at the mall?

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What kind of simple games do you like to play?
Crossword puzzles
Horror video games
Horse
Sandbox video games

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Which vacation most appeals to you?
Going to a convention where I'll get to chat with lots of like-minded people
Volunteer in a foreign country, for charity
Go to a martial arts tournament
Outward Bound!

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What art form appeals to you the most?
Poetry
Art is trivial nonsense.
Dance
Architecture

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What industry would you love to be in?
PR
The law
Sports
The military

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