Which Type of Engine Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Type of Engine Are You?
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About This Quiz

Once upon a time, large human endeavors required massive amounts of human laborers. Would you like to build a pyramid? You'll need a few thousand slaves. Digging a canal, are we? You'll need a few thousand cheap laborers. The industrial revolution changed all of that.

Since the invention of the motor, humanity's ability to create has been turbocharged. The engine has freed billions of people from manual labor and dangerous jobs that would otherwise injure or kill them. Engines have meant we can easily and cheaply transport goods and people from one end of the planet to the other. Engines have allowed everything from sports like Formula One and NASCAR to tools used in sculpture, like drills and chainsaws. Engines have given cities the power to move, powering elevators, electric trains, water pumps, and life support machines. The engine, such as it is, has proven itself one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind, rivaling the blade and controlled fire.

Every engine has its own personality of course. Steam locomotives were said to have "moods," and one could argue that even car engines have unique personalities. Even solar power can't escape the brilliance of the engine, as some solar farms use a steam engine to generate electricity. With so many types of engines out there, which one suits your personality? Take this quiz and find out!

How do you like to dress for a party?
Strange style choices: Nehru collars, clam diggers, etc.
Bleeding edge fashion
Whatever is comfortable.
Something expensive

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What would be your dream employer?
Tesla
CERN
GE
McLaren

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Given the choice of owning an amazing car that costs a fortune, or going on a vacation for the same budget, which would you prefer?
I might go for the vacation.
I might take the car.
I'd definitely take the vacation.
I'd take the car for sure.

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How do you commute?
By bicycle
By electric skateboard
By train
By car

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What sports do you follow?
Snooker
Baseball
MMA
Football

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What sort of position do you have at work?
Intern
Creative
Management
Executive

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What's your number one athletic talent?
I can throw a knuckle ball.
I can spin a basketball on the tip of my finger for a long time.
I can lift a lot of weight.
I'm fast.

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What are you responsible for in your job?
Standards
New ideas
Keeping things chugging along
Major structural decisions

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What sort of education do you have?
I'm a college dropout.
I went to a conservatory.
Nothing special
I studied business in college.

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How tech savvy are you?
I know about the things I find interesting, but that's all.
I know about all the tech. All of it.
I know all I need to know about the things I use.
I know everything there is to know that gives me an advantage.

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What is your favorite movie genre?
Video art
Documentary
Comedy
Blockbusters

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Which of these cars is your dream machine?
Mazda RX-8
Faraday Future's prototype
Bugatti Veyron Supersport
Mercedes-Benz SL AMG

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What's your ideal vacation destination?
Japan
Denmark
Florida
Morocco

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Which of these best describes your best friend?
A consultant/DJ
An artist with money
Just another working stiff
Brave, and willing to change things

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What can't you leave home without?
My fountain pen
My glasses
My wallet
My notepad

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What are you most likely to sing in the shower?
Show tunes
Power metal
R&B
Country

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What writing instrument do you prefer?
Conklin flex nib fountain pen
Space pen
A Bic ballpoint
My Mont Blanc

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How do you get the news?
Medium
Specialist websites
Facebook
The physical newspaper

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How many people do you live with?
2-3
4
6
1
I live alone.

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How do you stay in shape?
I run.
I do the seven-minute workout.
I lift weights.
I cross-train.

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What is your main hobby?
Collecting
Model making
Carpentry
Gambling

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What car would you consider as a daily driver?
A Subaru Outback
A Chevy Bolt
A Ford Edge
A BMW 3-Series

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What kind of technology gets you excited?
Really left-field ideas
Old ideas made new again
The time-tested stuff
Incremental steps in existing tech

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How do you improve your skills?
I dive down the rabbit hole online.
I read lots of books.
I take week-long courses every now and again.
I take regular classes all the time.

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Which of these ailments is closest to something you experience?
Nearsightedness
Allergies
Bad back
Tennis elbow

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How well off are you?
I'm not well off at all.
It's feast or famine.
I get by.
I'm loaded.

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Which of these would you prefer to have for your dinner?
McDonalds Happy Meal
Chinese take-out
Home made lasagna
Coq au vin

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Where would you like to live for a year?
Detroit
San Francisco
Dallas
New York

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What's your dream job?
Engineer
Futurist
I'm doing it now.
CEO

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How often do you see your physician for checkups?
Not as often as I should. Money's an issue.
Once a year
Once every couple years
Twice a year

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