What's Your 1923 Job?

By: Zoe Samuel

What's Your 1923 Job?
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About This Quiz

The Roaring Twenties were a time of innovation, of rapid change, of recovery from the horrors of World War One. While the economy roared along and inequality grew and grew, the latter-day Robber Barons built vast fortunes while millions of immigrants sailed into Ellis Island every month to join the ranks of the great unwashed who served their every whim. 

Politically, the old order had been swept away by the Great War, and that meant all sorts of new ideas were suddenly on the table: communism, fascism, socialism, anarchism, the nascent Civil Rights movement, and the radical idea - recently enshrined into law to at least some extent - that women are people. People had no idea that the horrors of World War Two were just a few years away, or that the new ideas included a few that were going to lead to some really dark places. It was a time of huge challenges and great opportunities. 

There was no safety net, and if you couldn't work, you didn't eat. That meant for many people, worrying about social change was secondary to worrying about putting bread on the table. Others made a virtue out of necessity and came up with businesses that served the changing needs of the population during this tumultuous time.

How would you have fit into all this? Let's find out!

What was the highest educational degree you achieved?
Middle school.
Some college.
High school.
I have a graduate degree.

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Are you a member of any secret societies?
No societies whatsoever.
One or two.
No, I have nothing to offer.
No, I spend too much time at work.

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Would you consider skydiving?
No, that sounds dangerous.
No, thank you.
Sure! Awesome!
Nah. I'll just watch.

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How steady are your hands?
I can cover tremors with movement.
Not very steady.
Steady enough.
Totally steady.

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How hard working are you?
I work hard, but in fits.
I spend long hours in the office.
I work my butt off.
I work hard, but my work isn't physically taxing.

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How ruthless are you?
Ruthless? Not me.
I would sell my mother.
I'm brave, but not ruthless.
I don't get too precious.

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Are you good with animals?
No.
I have some dogs.
Very much so.
I don't even have a goldfish.

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Are you an artist?
In a way.
No, I'm a businessman.
No, that's not my thing.
I consider myself an artist.

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Do you mind filth?
I am willing to get my hands dirty.
Yes, keep it away from me.
I can always shower after work.
I'd rather work in a clean space.

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How many languages do you speak?
One, barely.
Three, because I travel.
Two, so I can talk to my neighbors.
Four, because I have varied clients.

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Do you mind working outside every day?
I'd rather have some cover from the weather.
I need an office.
I love the feel of the rain on my face.
I cannot work out of doors.

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Do you work well on your own?
I prefer to have a partner.
I need staff.
My job requires other people.
I do work well on my own.

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Do you mind if everyone looks down on you?
I don't mind. They ignore me and I listen.
Yes! People should admire me!
People should respect me.
As long as I get paid, I don't mind.

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Are you suspicious of kindness?
No, I appreciate it.
Yes. Everyone wants something.
No, but I need to know about the motives.
No, just lateness.

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How leathery is your skin?
A little.
My skin is creamy and smooth.
Like boot leather.
It's not even tan.

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Are you a good salesman?
With a loud voice!
I don't need to be.
I am not.
That's my job.

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Are you a good gossip?
Yes! I only dole out what I need to though.
No, I keep secrets.
No, I don't care for gossip.
No, I'm no good with people.

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Can you throw your weight around?
I have no weight to throw.
Yeah, I sure can.
Only physically.
Not with most people.

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Are you a tenderfoot?
I rode a donkey once.
I have a few horses, but not for me to ride.
No, sir! I'm an old hand with horses.
I've never ridden a horse.

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Do you keep up with the latest in fashion?
No, I try to keep my clothes wearable.
I have people for that.
I just keep my chaps in good shape.
I try to stay somewhat fashionable.

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Can you pass time easily?
Only with work or reading.
I do, because I work all the time.
I wittle in my downtime.
Time is my specialty.

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Are you willing to make enemies?
No thanks.
Yes. We are defined by our enemies.
No, my job is dangerous enough.
No, I'm a softy.

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Are you okay with loud noises dominating your working day?
Only the sounds of people.
No. I need peace. Maybe some music.
I don't mind at all.
I need total silence.

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Are you willing to work long hours?
Sure, if there's money in it.
Of course, so I can dominate the competition.
No, I need some rest.
Only when things get busy around the holidays.

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Do you mind living paycheck to paycheck?
I don't mind.
That's the exact opposite of what I want.
Isn't that how everyone lives?
I need some savings in case I get hurt.

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Are you good at striking up alliances?
Friendships, maybe.
Alliances, when I need them.
Not really.
Business partners, I guess.

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How quick are you reactions?
Not too quick.
My mental reactions are very fast.
Whip-fast.
I move slowly, so I don't know.

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Are you good with technology?
Not really.
Good enough.
Not at all.
Yes, it is my specialty.

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How friendly are you?
Very!
Not at all.
I'm a little gruff.
I'm friendly but awkward.

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Which of these is closest to your real world job?
Intern.
CEO.
Ski bum.
App developer.

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