Tell Us a Little About Yourself and We'll Give You a 1637 Name!

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

The 1600's were an interesting century. At the beginning of that hundred-year period, society was still mostly bound by really ancient superstitions, ideas like absolute monarchy were still popular, and the plague was something you got if God was mad at you. 

Contrary to our modern popular myths about the Elizabethan period, however, the idea of a nuclear family being the be-all and end-all of society hadn't really settled in yet. Society wasn't prosperous enough yet to sustain much beyond a subsistence farmer class with an aristocracy in charge of it, and that meant kids were raised by the proverbial village. All women and all men worked unless they were high-level clergy or a lord and family. There was no middle class to speak of, and nation-states constantly went to war with each other.

By 1700, however, things were very different. England had its Civil War and the seeds of the other revolutions - American, French, and so on - were sown. The middle class had been born, and while it wasn't very big yet, it was starting to make its presence felt. The Industrial revolution was but a generation away, and the modern world was beginning to look possible. Science was even taking tentative steps out from the shadow of religion.

How would you have fit into this period of remarkable change? Tell us a little about that, and we'll tell you what name you'd have had!

What industry are you in?

What sort of job do you do?

How educated are you?

How many languages do you speak?

How far have you been from your hometown?

Are you a good neighbor?

How are you with following orders?

Are you okay with being a tiny cog in a big machine?

Are you a native of a major world power?

Is your nation in decline or ascent?

Is your nation in much political tumult?

Is your nation currently at war?

Are you riding high on a bull market?

Are you from a cosmopolitan society?

Are you part of a top down organization?

How ambitious are you?

How developed is your sense of hospitality?

How tall are you?

Do you travel much for work?

Do you spend much time enjoying culture?

Do you know many people from outside your home country?

Are you a good sailor?

Is your native tongue the lingua franca?

How do you view the passage of time?

What item do you value the most?

Do you like the way your life is going?

Do you have many plans for the future?

How nice are your clothes?

How do you view globalization?

Where do you know most of your friends from?

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