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Will you dare take… THE ULTIMATE READING QUIZ????

July 28, 2019

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Most people don’t like taking quizzes because they don’t like being put under pressure or they don’t want to get judged on their scores.  If you’re not forced to take a quiz, however, and if nobody judges you on your score, then everything changes.

I haven’t been forced to take a quiz in years, and I’m a much better person for it, but I’ve taken this quiz.  I even wrote this quiz, and it didn’t hurt me a bit. So what are you waiting for?  Take the quiz!

A.  A friend declares that a book he/she has just read is “THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!”  What do you do?

  1. Trust your friend’s judgment and try reading the book.
  2. Tell your friend that you’ll read the book but then never get around to it.
  3. Calmly tell your friend that you know he/she has not read every book ever written so he/she is in no position to judge whether or not a book is the best ever.
  4. Tell your friend about another book that you think is “THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!” just so he or she knows how it feels.

*****

B.    When you see a copy of Moby Dick, your first reaction is

  1. To feel a smug satisfaction, knowing that you’ve already read it and understand all the symbolism and themes of the novel.
  2. To feel that your life is a little empty since you haven’t read it, but you’ll get to it.
  3. Turn away in disgust, knowing that you’ll never read it and you’re proud that you’ll never read it.
  4. Moby Dick.  Ha ha ha ha!  Dick.  Ha ha ha!

*****

C.     You find out that a book that you truly love is about to be made into a movie.  What is your reaction?

  1. Obsessively watch for news about the casting and release dates of the movie.
  2. Make a mental note to be on the look-out for it, but you don’t put much thought into it.
  3. Watch the movie and intentionally catalogue every flaw in it.
  4. You know it’ll suck because every movie based on a book sucks.

*****

D.   A famous author is having a book signing while you’re there.  What do you do?

  1. Grab a copy of the new book, stand in line, and gush when the author signs it.
  2. Find a beat up copy of an old book and hope that the author doesn’t call you a cheap skate.
  3. Stand in line without a book so you can at least brag that you’ve met the author.
  4. Who cares?  All authors do is write books.  Anybody can write books.

*****

E.    An acquaintance recommends a book from a genre you don’t care for (maybe sci-fi/fantasy, a trashy romance, or literary fiction).  You automatically think…

  1. I’ll have to give that book a try.
  2. Maybe it’s a good book, but it’s probably not for me.
  3. Oh, it’s one of “those” books.
  4. There’s a good reason why this person is only an acquaintance.

*****

F.    How long does it take you to decide whether or not you’ll finish reading a book?

  1. You’ll finish reading a book no matter what.
  2. You’ll read at least half of it and give it an honest chance.
  3. If it doesn’t grab you within the first few pages, you’re done with it.
  4. If it doesn’t have a cool cover, forget it.

*****

G.    When a teacher at school assigns (or assigned) a novel, what is your initial response?

  1. If this book is in the school curriculum, it must be very interesting.
  2. I’m already reading a good book, but I guess I’ll juggle both.
  3. If this book is in the school curriculum, it must really suck.
  4. Flippin’ school!  You’re not gonna tell me what to read!

*****

H.   A book that you really want to read comes out in hardback and is very expensive.  What will you do?

  1. You shell out the $30.00+ because you’ll read this no matter what.
  2. Check the book’s availability at the library and then maybe buy it for $12.99 on your Kindle.
  3. Wait for the paperback and hope that it’s not one of those $15.00 paperbacks.  $15.00 for a paperback?  That’s ridiculous!
  4. No book is worth putting that much effort into.  You’ll read whatever you want whenever you feel like it.

*****

I.     You’re reading an intensely sad scene from a book while in a public place and are about to cry.  How do you respond?

  1. You openly weep because you’re completely wrapped up in the book and don’t care what anybody thinks.
  2. You read the book in short increments so that you don’t cry in public.
  3. You stop reading the sad book and do something else.
  4. You never read in public because you’re afraid you’ll get conked on the head.

*****

J.     You’re reading a really good book in a public place when you notice a person who needs assistance in an emergency situation.  What do you do?

  1. Put the book down immediately and help out.
  2. See if somebody else is around to help before you stop reading.
  3. Finish the page/chapter/book that you’re on before you help.
  4. Stop reading immediately, record the emergency situation with your phone, and post it online for clicks.

*****

SCORE

10-15 Points- You are an open-minded reader and are sensitive about others’ feelings.

16-25 Points- You are independent-minded but willing to try new experiences occasionally.

26-35 Points- You are fiercely loyal to the books you love but are sometimes called inflexible and stubborn by people who just don’t understand you.

36-40 Points- You don’t read (or play) well with others.

*****

BONUS QUESTION- This one doesn’t count!

After finishing a reading style quiz, what do you immediately do?

  1. Leave a comment that announces your score and gives feedback.
  2. Add up your score but keep it to yourself.
  3. Ignore the score and move on to another article.
  4. Click the “Like” button without having even read the quiz.

*****

See?  That wasn’t so bad, was it?  What was your score on THE ULTIMATE READING QUIZ?  What other questions would you want to see asked?

4 Comments
  1. What if you have a different answer on every single quiz question..should have listed ‘other’.
    For example: Question A: I have reached an age where I come right out and tell my friends…sorry I won’t read it so I won’t lie to you that I will read it..I do know what it feels like to love a book but I am not you and life is short and my TBR pile is already at 600.
    Question B: Yes I read Moby Dick and liked it but it was a long time ago and I don’t do symbolism.
    Question C: Okay, this one I can answer 2..I felt that way about Interview With the Vampire..my instant reaction was ewww Tom Cruise but when the movie came out I went and actually liked it.
    Question D: If it is not an author I collect I will just keep walking, if it is an author I collect I will buy the book for the autograph, meeting them is beside the point..it is an embarrassing moment…I got Anne Rice to sign a couple and I ordered one already signed from Anne McCaffrey from Bakka Books in Toronto..so meeting the author is no biggy.
    Question E: See A above.
    Question F: Another one…the answer is 1 but I am struggling to break the habit.
    Question G: I was one of those who got the year’s reading assignments, sat down and read them all, wrote all my book reports and got the CHORE out of the way so I could go back to reading my own choices.
    Question H: Okay, this one could be 2 but I do not check it out at the library, and I feel about the price of Kindle books as 3 is about paperbacks.
    Question I: Answer is 1..if I am reading anywhere ..the world outside me goes away.
    Question J: Answer is 1…if it is close enough and loud enough to get my attention and bring me out of my book.

    Now to get back to my book 🙂

    • I like the idea of “other.” I just don’t know how to score it.

      Then again, the score doesn’t have to matter on these quizzes. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. 20, sounds right to me!

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