Which Underrated American Hero Are You?

By: Ian Fortey

Which Underrated American Hero Are You?
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About This Quiz

The word hero likely means different things to different people. In general, though, we expect a hero to be someone who is selfless. A hero is the kind of person who puts the well-being of others at the forefront of their thoughts. They may risk their lives or they may just be interested in improving lives, but a hero is out to change the way the world works for the benefit of others.  While it's true that many heroes are people like law enforcement officers or firefighters who risk life and limb to help people, there are other kinds.  Many underrated heroes have cropped up through history, whose actions have had a profound impact on how our lives played out whether we knew it or not.

In honor of those heroes that don't always get all the credit they deserve, why not take this quiz and answer a few questions about the kind of person you really are on the inside?  Then we'll do our best to match you to someone from our own history that, even if you never heard their name before, definitely deserves some recognition for their heroic contributions to the history of America.  Want to know who you'll be?  Take the quiz and find out!

Which of these things would you say you value the most in life?
Success.
Happiness.
Justice.
Freedom.

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Since part of being heroic is being selfless, maybe you'd like to volunteer somewhere. What kind of volunteer work would you do?
Cleaning up the environment.
In a soup kitchen.
With at-risk youth.
Coaching kids.

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When you have some time to yourself, what are you most likely to be doing?
Shopping.
Cooking or eating.
Reading or watching a movie.
Playing sports.

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If it's just you and Netflix for the night, what kind of movie are you going to be watching?
Comedy
Drama
Action
A sports movie, probably.

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What do you think is one of the greatest qualities of mankind as a whole?
Our ingenuity.
Our capacity for caring.
Our ability to create order.
Our spirit and tenacity.

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What do you think is the greatest problem the average person has to deal with these days?
Inconvenience
Poverty
Crime
Intolerance

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Which city in America do you feel is the greatest of them all?
Dallas
New York
Chicago
Los Angeles

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Have you ever had to get physically violent in defense of yourself or someone else?
Not at all.
Not physically, but I will stand up for myself.
Yes, I have.
Only in self-defense.

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Where in the world do you feel most comfortable?
At home.
In the country.
At work.
Outdoors.

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What single word do you think your best friend might use to describe you?
Ingenius.
Compassionate.
Just.
Determined.

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Is it important for you that your life has some kind of legacy?
I'd like to know I made some kind of difference.
I want my work to have a lasting impact.
I want to have done good in this world.
I hope what I do can make things easier for others.

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Would you ever consider yourself a hero?
I can't imagine why anyone would.
Not really.
I could see that.
No, I'm just trying to live my life.

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Which historical American document do you think is the most important?
The Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
The Emancipation Proclamation

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Which state has the very best vacation spots?
Hawaii
California
South Carolina
Florida

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When you get together with friends, do you ever discuss social issues?
Not usually.
Frequently.
It happens sometimes.
If it relates to one of us personally.

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If a family member needed a kidney transplant, would you volunteer to donate?
Maybe?
In a heartbeat.
If I was a match, of course.
I'd definitely consider it.

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Is there anyone in the world you could say without a doubt you'd die to protect?
I'm not so sure.
My closest loved ones.
Yes.
My spouse.

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Who do you consider the greatest hero in US history?
Mark Twain
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Martin Luther King Jr.

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What one quality do you think makes someone a hero?
Selflessness
Compassion
Determination
Perseverance

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Do you believe that people are inherently good?
I've never really thought about it.
I believe that.
Not all people.
I think we all have the capacity for good.

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If you could be doing anything with your life, any profession at all, what would you be?
CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
An astronaut.
A spy.
Professional athlete.

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Which of the Founding Fathers do you relate to the most?
Benjamin Franklin
Alexander Hamilton
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington

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Which American folk hero do you like the most?
Paul Bunyan
Johnny Appleseed
Buffalo Bill
John Henry Irons

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If you couldn't live in America, what other country do you think you'd like to live in?
Australia
Mexico
England
Canada

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When you were a kid, do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?
A movie star.
A firefighter.
A police officer.
An athlete.

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What do you do to give back to your community right now?
Probably not as much as I should.
I donate food.
I give to charitable organizations.
I work with a local community group.

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Do you have a personal hero in your own life?
A friend.
A teacher.
One of my parents.
A coach.

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What's the best advice anyone ever gave you as a child?
Follow your heart.
You can make a difference.
It's never wrong to do what's right.
Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do.

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Are you a super serious kind of person or can you cut loose every now and then?
I know how to cut loose.
I lean towards serious, but I'm not a robot.
I may be a little too serious.
I'm serious only when I need to be.

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Why are heroes important?
They give us someone to look up to.
They help those in need.
They right wrongs.
They keep us on track towards greatness.

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