Can We Guess Your Name if You Lived in America?

LIFESTYLE

Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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America is a land of iconic images: cowboys, rappers, baseball, Apple, Coke, and of course, thinking it alone beat the Nazis. America is far more complex a story than any one facet of its iconography would suggest. It is a land of both visionary innovators and objectionable robber barons. It has championed freedom while at the same time making many of its own people second class citizens. It gave the world both Elvis Presley and Katy Perry.

Divided into many regions, the USA isn't as simple as one land with one culture. Even within a single part of the country, subcultures, sports rivalries, ethnic and class divides make America a land more diverse than really any other. If one wants 10 opinions on something, one need only ask two Americans. American popular culture, once a monoculture with nearly all people tuning in to the same television programmes, is now balkanised, with niche cable channels and internet streaming services catering to every taste. There is even, finally, enough room in American sport for football, played without the use of hands, to have a place in the landscape of professional sports. Growing up American is thus unlike growing up nearly anyplace else in the world. Were you American, what would you be named?

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How would you describe your physical work environment?

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Times change, but sometimes less than we think they do. In what way is your life most like that of your parents?

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Depending on what part of the U.S. Americans call home, their dwellings vary widely. Which of the following best describes your residence?

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Every profession has its essential tools. What is yours?

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Humans have a way of always raising the bar for ourselves. In which area is your unfulfilled ambition?

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In America, one's transportation is part of one's lifestyle. Assuming you had vehicle of some sort, what would it be?

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If you could change one thing about your job forever, what would it be?

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Which of the following suits your idea of a typical UK vacation destination?

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Americans love their dogs. What breed do you have, on this side of the ocean?

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Secondary school students in the US are expected to take part in activities outside of class. Of the following, which is closest to the pastime of your youth?

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Americans often think of themselves in terms of their careers. How did you get your first job?

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Every meal is a celebration in the United States. What's your favourite breakfast item?

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In the U.S., holidays are often taken very seriously. What do you have planned for Boxing Day?

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Americans love it when a story has a good villain. What kind of Guy do you choose for Guy Fawkes night?

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What is the worst thing about traveling in the UK?

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If forced to move house, in which of the following places would you best fit?

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If you were to visit the US on holiday, which part would you most like to visit?

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Weather is a fact of life in both the UK and the USA. What item of clothing could you not do without here?

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What is your favourite facet of your current job?

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How does your competitiveness manifest itself?

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Each region of the States has its own styles. Which of the following American style touches would you consider?

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In your assessment, where are you in the social pecking order?

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What aspect of your upbringing do you most value?

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Americans have a unique way in which they greet each other. How would you greet an old friend?

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How would you describe your level of community involvement?

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Describe the pace of life you would prefer. How would you like it to be, ideally?

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What is your approach to risk?

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Which famous Briton do you see as the best role model?

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