What's Your Cold War Era Job?

By: Zoe Samuel

What's Your Cold War Era Job?
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About This Quiz

The Cold War ended just as the Information Age got underway. Around the same time that Americans were getting AOL installation discs in the mail, the Berlin Wall was coming down in Europe. While Vladimir Putin lost his job working in East Germany for Russian intelligence, gamers logged onto their networks with their 9600-baud modems, praying no one called and made their call waiting beep. Indeed, the whole world seemed different.

This, of course, was the end of the Cold War. It really began in the waning days of World War II, when the Allies raced to capture Berlin. The U.S.S.R. took the Eastern European nations that would become the Iron Curtain, the bloc of Russian allies who would allow the U.S.S.R. to put military bases wherever they wanted to, in order to threaten "the decadent West."

Much of the Cold War was dominated by proxy wars. Some were fought in Asia, as with the Vietnam War, while others were fought in the Middle East, as with many terrorist groups that gained their only official recognition from the U.S.S.R., who would even train them in espionage on occasion. The results of these proxy wars reverberate to this day.

In this mid-to-late 20th century, where would you stand? What would be your capitalist role in the West? Would you be an elite or a member of the lumpen proletariat? Take this quiz to find out!

When was the last time you went to the movies?
Yesterday
Last year
A few months back
A couple weeks ago

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How good of a student were you in school?
Not good
I was great.
About average
Above average

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How likely are you to do as you are told?
If my job is on the line
If I agree with what I'm told!
Very
Not likely at all

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How's your gift of gab?
Shh!
Terrible
Pretty decent
Super! Want me to talk about it?

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How strong is your back?
Great. I can dead lift a lot of weight.
Very weak
I'm in good shape, but I wouldn't say I'm particularly strong.
About average.

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How old-school are you?
I like the old ways sometimes.
I'm so old school, my high school gave us tablets. Stone tablets.
The old ways are often the best ones.
I'm all about the new school.

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How politically conservative are you?
Not at all
I'm actively liberal.
Very
I'm very middle of the road.

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How often do you replace your phone?
When it breaks
Every three years like clockwork
When I can afford a new one
About once or twice a year

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How many streaming services do you subscribe to?
4
1
0
3

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How do you tell time?
I wear a watch.
I check my phone.
I have a wall-clock.
I have a smartwatch.

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How do you feel about Russia?
Their economy is only the size of New York State's. How big a deal could they be?
They've always been a pain for other countries. Just ask anyone in the Crimean War.
Don't trust them! They're totally corrupt! They're a threat.
I don't worry about Russia.

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How long can you stay on your feet?
A few minutes I guess
Not long at all
An hour or so
All day!

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Who is John Ford?
Only one of the greatest directors of all time!
Only the second CEO of the Ford Motor Company!
Only the father of Harrison Ford!
I have no idea.

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What is the opposite of sine?
Road marking?
Cosine
Wave?
Print!

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What is the meaning of mutually assured destruction?
It means we're all gonna die!
It's an illustration of the illogic of human logic.
No one fights, because no one wins.
It means get what's yours while you can!

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What is most essential for networking?
Common culture
Common language
E-mail
Communication!

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What makes an experience most powerful?
When it is communal
Deep understanding
When the stakes are high
Novelty

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How do you do math?
I do it in my head.
I use my phone.
I use paper.
I do it on my fingers.

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How many languages do you speak?
3
2
1
4

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How good are you at identifying others' needs?
It depends on the setting.
Not good at all
I'm about average at that.
That's my specialty.

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Can you deal with lots of nonsensical workplace rules?
Sure, I'll do whatever is needed.
I'd rather not.
I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason for everything.
No rules! I want no rules!

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Are you detail oriented?
I'm detail oriented enough. Just keep the details as few as possible.
Sure am!
I am, but I need a checklist.
Nah. Give me the broad sweep of things and let me wing it.

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How do you look in uniform?
Best in the dark
Tragic
Resplendent
Uniforms aren't for me!

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How good are you at getting others' attention in a crowd?
Not good at all
I can try...
I can shout!
So good

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Are you averse to the dark?
No way
Yes. I'm very afraid of the dark.
No, there are more frightening things.
Nope! I always have a great CR123A flashlight!

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How easily do you get bored?
Very easily
Nothing bores me.
Not easily
I need a lot of stimulation.

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What living location appeals to you the most?
Greenwich Village, N.Y.C.
Omaha
The middle of nowhere
Downtown Chicago

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How good are you at explaining technical things?
I'm okay at it.
I'm terrible at it.
I honestly don't know.
You're talking about my forte.

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How important is money to you?
Fairly important
Not important
As long as it's regularly coming in, I'm happy.
Money is very important!

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How do you keep up your spirits at work?
Drinking
I keep a bobble-head on my desk.
I play cards.
I listen to music.

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