Sunday, November 2, 2008

Quiz Time!


By Kirsten Scott

As most of you know, I write young adult as well as adult romance, and I was recently writing a scene in which my heroine was lamenting her lack of personal style.


“When I take one of those magazine quizzes, you know the ones, where they ask what kind of baseball hat you wear, and what kind of jeans you prefer – ultra low-riders, skinny, or baggy – I can’t even answer the questions. I wear whatever I pull out of the closet that doesn’t smell and won’t get me laughed out of school. But that’s never an option.”

So I’ve been thinking about quizzes. I love quizzes. Is this egotistical? I love analyzing myself and then reading someone else’s analysis of myself and trying to decide if it’s right or not. I love magazine quizzes particularly, because they’re completely unscientific and absurd but somehow they’re always RIGHT ON.


Here’s a good one that I just took – find your celebrity twin! (there’s a link embedded in the page; you have to click on the word “quiz”)

www.glamour.com/beauty/blogs/girls-in-the-beauty-department/2007/06/whos-your-celebrity-twin.html

I am sooooo Ashley Simpson.

Then again I love the more scientific quizzes, too. Anyone else out there an ISTJ? Here’s something fun for any Myers-Briggs fans out there – light bulb jokes for your personal Myers-Briggs profiles. For examples, here’s one for all the INTJs out there:

How many INTJs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Could you please define change? And what exactly do you mean by a light bulb?

Oh, and here’s another fabulous quiz:

www.gone2thedogs.com

You go to this home page and then look on the right side for a black box that says “Click to play what dog are you.” You take a quiz and find out what breed of dog you are.

Aren’t I pretty?

So, did you take any of my quizzes? Any results to share? Anyone else share my love of reading someone else’s analysis of myself? Any other Canaan Dogs out there? Anyone else want to share their Myers-Briggs profile? I’ll tell you your light bulb joke to go with it!

56 comments:

Natalie Hatch said...

Have I caught him?

Natalie Hatch said...

As for Myers Briggs, well I'm intuitive, positive and down right sexy!! At least that's what I tell my hubby (he has to agree).

limecello said...

lol congrats, natalie! I'm going to take those quizzes soon - but I think I'm going to sleep now since it's 1:21 am. :P

Kirsten said...

Natalie, you are all that AND a bag of chips, girlfriend! Have fun with the GR tonight! Maybe you can find out his Myers-Briggs profile. ;-)

(is that dirty? I didn't mean it, honest!)

Kirsten said...

limecello, I will be anxiously waiting to find out your celebrity twin. :-)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Fun post, Kirsten! Okay, my celebrity twin is Jessica Alba. Oh yeah, ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! :-P

As for the doggies, I'm a Field Spaniel, which they told me is a slightly larger version of a Cocker. Hmmmm, doesn't sound right to me. But maybe that's because I'm an ENTP, or an ENFP depending on the time of day I take the test. So I'll be curious to see what my light bulb joke is, and how many more "E"s there are besides me and Jeanne. ;-)

Congrats on the GR Natalie. Only someone as positively intuitive and sexy as you could catch him!

AC

Helen said...

Well done Natalie

Fun post Kirsten

I tried the what dog are you quizz that was fun I am a Keeshound as for the whos your celebrity twin I couldn't find it.

Have Fun
Helen

Donna MacMeans said...

Hey Helen - I couldn't find the celebrity twin question either (hmmm...maybe I should have answered the "can you follow directions?" question on the dog quizz differently.)

I'm a Chinese Shar - Pei BTW. I think this laptop must have a camera in it that influenced the dog choice LOL. My neck doesn't have that many folds...yet - but I'm definitely soft and cuddly.

Natalie Hatch said...

I think I come out as a cross breed, bit of everything thrown in. I certainly don't want the baggy chins of the Sharpei. Always fancied myself as a Golden Retriever, but ah well not to be.

Christie Kelley said...

Well apparently my twin is Halle Barry and I'm a Shetland Sheepdog. I do think the dog thing is quite funny because while I'm not a dog person I've always loved Shetland sheepdogs.

Kirsten said...

AC, are you kidding me? You are TOTALLY Jessica Alba! Like, a carbon copy! :-)

I would also be interested to see how many other Es are in this group. I think writers as a whole are pretty "I".

As for your light bulb joke...

How many ENTPs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

One, but only after tightening, wiggling, shaking, testing, etc. to make sure it's not something else!

Kirsten said...

Helen, I can totally see you as the Keeshound! I love those dogs. They are so sweet, with their bright eyes and beautiful ruffs, and so smart. Hard workers, too! But I think they might be a bit too hot in Australia!!

Kirsten said...

Donna, the quiz page is a little confusing. You have to go to the page I linked to and then click on the word "quiz" on the page. It's hard to see. A separate page should pop up.

But I wonder -- on the dog quiz -- what did you click for "how good are you at following instructions?" LOL!

I'm fascinated that you are a shar-pei. The sweet Donna MacMeans a fierce fighting dog? Growl! :-) Those dogs were all the rage for a while, do you remember? They are adorable when they're puppies, and very smart. And so protective.

Note to self: Don't mess with Donna.

Kirsten said...

Natalie,

Did you come out a cross breed on the dog quiz? I didn't know it would come out like that! I thought my daughter would be a golden, but she came out a bearded collie. Maybe it doesn't do goldens.

Or maybe goldens just aren't that bright, and everyone answers the intelligence questions "above average". SNORT!

Tiffany Kenzie said...

I love the dog quiz. I got Schipperke? Never heard of them but they sure are cute.

Celeb one was interesting. I got Halle Berry

Kirsten said...

Christie -- You know, all these years, I kept thinking how you (small, redheaded you) reminded me of someone. And it was TOTALLY Halle! *VBG* I can't believe I didn't realize it!

Ooo, I could totally see you as a Sheltie, though. All that long beautiful hair, dainty little feet, working dogs that manage to look gorgeous while they are herding sheep (or children, or homebuilders...). :-) Yep, that's our Christie!

Kirsten said...

Tiffany, Schipperkes are the cutest thing EVER. They are tiny little puff balls of black hair, very perky and great personalities. I think they were water dogs originally (not IN the water, but accompanied ship captains).

One that I knew used to ride on the front of a guy's kayak whenever he'd go out in his boat. You should look them up --they're really great dogs. Maybe you could get one and then you could start to resemble each other! ;-) (not that you resemble a puff ball, of course! not with your strong resemblance to...who is it...oh yes...I know...)

HALLE BERRY!!

And you and Christie are both Halle twins -- squeal -- so you're like long lost sisters or something! ;-)

Tiffany Kenzie said...

They are very cute. And I read about their personality on Wiki... yup, that's my personality! LOL I've been likened to a canine!

What does it say when I have a Berner, that weighs no less than 120 lbs. Hmmm... he is stubborn and manipulative :)

Kirsten said...

Tiffany, what's a Berner? is that a kind of dog? Wow, that's one I've never heard of, and I thought I knew them all!

Kirsten said...

Oh wait, is it a Bernese Mountain Dog? Now that's a cute dog that is amazingly stubborn. Our friends had one that would just lie down in the middle of a walk when he got tired and refuse to move. Which was very difficult when you're talking about a 90 pound puppy!

And then there was the time we were dog-sitting that stubborn, PITA Bernese and he figured out how to get out of our backyard. Of course, he cost two grand, or something like that, and our friends adored him, and we had to call them while they were on vacation to see if anyone had picked him up and called them to say they had him. We eventually did find him in a neighbors yard, but only after giving our friends a heart attack.

And cementing our hatred of that dog. Grrrr...

jo robertson said...

Hilarious post, Kirsten!

I'm a Myers-Briggs ENFJ and Dr. Big is an ISTP; apparently opposites to attract!

Oh, and I am sooooo NOT Linday Lohan. Ugh!

Congratulations, Natalie!

Kirsten said...

Jo, thanks! So you're an E as well. Very interesting! I'm sure Jeanne is too. So it makes you wonder if maybe we aren't more evenly balance between the E and the Is than we thought.

And here's your lightbulb joke:

How many ENFJs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

But that was my favorite light bulb!

(apparently you folks aren't fond of change! snort!)

Maybe you could be twins with the cute Lindsey Lohan before she entered rehab for the twentieth time?

Louisa Cornell said...

Great post idea, Kirsten! I am a Scottish terrier! I like that as they are really cute tough little dogs!

I am with you, Jo! I am SO NOT LINDSAY LOHAN!!! That girl needs some parents who will beat some sense into her. With all that partying and drinking and driving she'll be dead before she is 30.

Hey, Natalie, sounds like your husband is well-trained! :) Maybe you can work on the GR now!

Kirsten said...

Louisa, I thought you would like this one! :-) And a Scottish Terrier sounds perfect for you. Independent, tough, strong, and affectionate. What a great combination.

Now I hadn't thought about sending the GR to a dog training school. That's something to consider...

But you guys have to stop thinking about the poor, tragic Lindsey of today. Just think about Parent Trap, and that cute little munchkin with those freckles, and the woman she WOULD have been if she hadn't been tragically ruined by Hollywood and too much fame and money at a young age. That's your twin.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Tiffany, I LURVE Schipperkes!

I used to have two. Okay, one was a pure Schip and the other, my beloved Chloe, was half Schip and half Jack Russell. Talk about one smart, energetic, willful little dog! My DH used to say, "Never leave a screwdriver within Chloe's reach. She'll take all the doors off the hinges." My son has strict instructions to bury her ashes with me. :-P

Actually, Schips and Keeshonden are related. Both were bred in the low countries and used on boats and barges and both have the double coats of the spitz type dogs. Almost impossible to get wet to the skin.

And I'm ROFL that we have TWO Halle Berrys and TWO Lindsay Lohans.

Jo-Mama, I didn't realize you were an E! I'd have actually guessed Dr. Big was before you. Shows how much I really know (not much).

AC

Janga said...

I love quizzes! Your topic lured me out of lurkdom, but it took me many minutes to post because I collapsed in giggles over the idea of having anything in common with Pamela Anderson. I never heard of the keeshound, but intuitive, empathetic, with a sense of humor sounds good.

And I so want to know my Myers Briggs joke. I'm an INFP and usually part of a small minority in any group. :)

Louisa Cornell said...

Okay, I am an INFJ on the Meyers-Briggs. And I know this is me because I took the test many times while my DH was in shrink school!

A writer, counselor and champion for the down-trodden with a aptitude for languages. Yep. That's me. I try to write, I am very free with my advice (good and bad!) I speak a few languages and I am a champion for animals. And like it said I secretly long for poetic justice for the trodders of the down-trodden. I would love to see human fights to the death for the pleasure of dogs, but frankly the dogs would get bored. Running after a frisbee on a glorious day is far more interesting to them. They may just have something there!

Christie Kelley said...

LOL, Kirsten. The best part about the Halle Barry thing was I took the quiz twice and changed my answers. Both times it came up as Halle Barry.

Kirsten said...

Janga,

i want to hang with you! First of all, Pam Anderson would be a blast -- I have a feeling that girl knows how to party. And you must be a really great, supportive friend as well. Because here's your light bulb joke:

how many INFPs does it take to change a light bulb?

2, one to change it and one for support

Awwww!!! :-)

Glad we lured you out of lurkdom! Now you'll have to figure out your dog. I bet it's something playful and cute, but sweet and smart -- maybe a Portugese Water Dog.

Kirsten said...

Oh-duh--Janga, I didn't realize you were a keeshound! Well, I guess that works too! ;-)

Kirsten said...

Oh, Louisa, INFJ, huh?

How many INFJs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Does the light bulb really want to be changed?

SNORT!

Kirsten said...

Christie, I think that just proves how accurate the quiz is. Even when you TRY to fool it, it knows the truth about you. ;-)

Kirsten said...

Just in case these quizzes weren't enough, check out:

www.cosmopolitan.com/archive/you/quiz

There are some fabulous ones in there, like "what kind of sexy are you?" and "Which bachelor is right for you?"

jo robertson said...

Cute lightbulb joke for ENFJ. I think the dislike of change comes from the "J."

I think teachers pretty much have to function as extroverts even if they prefer their own company and quiet time.

As I understand it, in the Myers-Briggs realm, it's more a matter of how a person is energized -- the introvert is energized from within herself and the extrovert externally. I almost ALWAYS have to have a partner to create synergy with and foster ideas.

Tiffany Kenzie said...

Kirsten,

Sorry should have said what the berner is... you got it! Bernese mountain dog... my baby bear is the largest the breed gets. :) Stubborn dogs, smart, but they are lovers! They like to sit on your feet and butt you with their head till you rub their ears :)

Biggest downfall of them: they leave tumbleweeds in the house on a daily basis from all the hair they shed.

jo robertson said...

Oh, and my sis??!! Major introvert who often drives me nuts. Introverts tend to gather all their thoughts and ponder them carefully before they voice them aloud.

We extroverts actually think as we speak and try out our ideas that way. Sometimes we don't even know WHAT we think until we hear it coming out our mouths. Yep, I'm defintely an extrovert.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Kirsten! What a fun post!

I'm ENTJ - gotta know the joke... Tell the one for ENTP too because I go back and forth between J & P every time I take the test. ha!

I was a Bearded Collie the first time I did it and a Hamiltonstovare (Swedish hunting dog) the second time, BTW, and Jessica Alba is my Hollywood Twin. :> You and me, AC, the E's and Jessica's Twin!

Like you, I love this sort of thing. Testing myself against myself, that sort of thing.

Hey, Natalie1 congrats on the chook!

AC, Field Spaniels are really nice dogs! Oh, Helen, a friend of mine raises Keeshonds and they are wonderfully happy, friendly dogs. Really nice. And Tiffany, Skip's are wonderful little dogs, very big dog attitude in a small dog package, and OOOOH, you have a Berner? LOVE those guys. SO sweet, but stubborn!

Janga, glad we lured you out of lurk!

Kirsten said...

Jo, I definitely feel the difference between the I and the E comes from the energy issue. As an I, it isn't that I don't like being around other people -- it's just such an EFFORT! I actually really enjoy parties. I just need about five days by myself to recover after one. ;-)

My husband, on the other hand, is a true E. He gets energy from being around people. When he's stressed or down, he seeks out the company of others. When I'm stressed, I need to close my door and go inward to conserve my strength.

Teachers are amazing. I teach Sunday school and it exhausts me to be "on" for an hour once a week. I can't imagine it for eight hours a day!!

Kirsten said...

Tiffany, I'm not sure the Berner can compete with my Lab for sheer quantity of hair shed. He brushes against me in the morning and I've got a pelt to take to work with me!

Kirsten said...

Jo, interesting point about the difference between you and your sister -- I'm wondering if that's an introvert/extrovert thing, or a different sort of personality issue. Maybe it has to do with the J/P part of the test. Here's a quote from a site analyzing the parts of the Myers-Briggs (www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html):

**
A Judging (J) style approaches the outside world WITH A PLAN and is oriented towards organizing one's surroundings, being prepared, making decisions and reaching closure and completion.

A Perceiving (P) style takes the outside world AS IT COMES and is adopting and adapting, flexible, open-ended and receptive to new opportunities and changing game plans.
**

I think you said you were a J, but maybe you tend toward the P side of your J, and she is a strong J, and you conflict because of that.

Kirsten said...

Oh Jeanne, you're going to love this one...

ENTJ:

YOU!!! CHANGE THAT DAMN BULB!!!

Kirsten said...

Jeanne,

My daughter was a bearded collie! How cute! :-) So you're one who loves to stare at herself in the hypothetical mirror as well, huh? Isn't it fun? You should try out the Cosmo site. Nothing better than finding out what kind of lover you are. (And while you're there, you can check out the Cosmo position of the week. Yowza!)

Here's your other light bulb joke:

ENTP:

One, but only after tightening, wiggling, shaking, testing, etc. to make sure it's not something else.

Snork!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

ENTJ:

YOU!!! CHANGE THAT DAMN BULB!!!

Hahah! That's perfect! :>

BTW, I know what you mean about hair shed. I have a Dalmatian. If you're wearing white, they shed the black ones. If you're wearing black, they shed the white ones. No win. ALWAYS with the hair.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

ENTP:

One, but only after tightening, wiggling, shaking, testing, etc. to make sure it's not something else.


well, one has to be SURE....

Joan said...

Horribly disappointed that I didn't come out an Irish Wolfhound and relieved beyond measure that my twin is NOT Cloris Leachman!!!


:-)

So my twin too is Halle Berry. Now how did they know we both look the same in the Catwoman suit?...

ROTFLMAO....

And I came out a Swedish Vallhund....looks like a stubby version of a Scottie and those Corgi's of the Queens. (sigh) Not as fierce as a Wolfhound.

I can't remember all my letters from Meyer-Briggs but I was off the scale intuitive...and my combination was in a rare 5% of the population. Being a writer and a wife were high on the list....accomplished one at least.

Hey Natalie! Have the GR do the Dog test....

Susan Seyfarth said...

Hi, Kirsten!

Am I really the only ESTJ around here? Yikes! Though I should say that I'm in that gray zone between the I & the E. Depends on my mood, my energy level & whether I'm inside or outside my comfort zone. Is there a joke for me?

Has anybody else taken the DISC test? I'm a high I (interpersonal) with a lot of C (control) thrown in, though under pressure it's ALL C ALL THE TIME. (I do like to have a plan.) :-)

Gosh. I haven't thought about that stuff in years. Fun little trip down memory lane. :-) Thanks.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Susan, I've taken the disc but can't remember what I was. :> Dominant, yes, but I can't remember the others. :>

Has anyone read "First Discover your Strengths"? They have a cool test thingie that comes free w/ the book. You do it online.

Kirsten said...

Jeanne, though our dog is the sweetest thing on the planet, and I love Labs to death, the next dog WILL NOT SHED. I'm thinking maybe one of those mini-doodles. My sister just got one. I'll have to see how she likes it. The hair just makes me crazzzzeeeeee.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Poodles, Labradoodles, and dogs like my new one, Irish Water Spaniels, shed less than others. Oh, Malteses and Bichon Frises are low-shed dogs too.

My Dals will be 20 years gone before I get all the dog hair out. That stuff STICKS!

Kirsten said...

Joanie, you are so NOT Cloris' twin! Ew!! But my goodness, Halle does get around. (The cat suit doesn't lie!)

I guess I'm the only Ashlee Simpson twin out there, on the other hand. That's something to be proud of.

Okay, that Swedish Vallhund is ADORABLE! You can't go wrong being one of them! I'd take that over the shaggy, unkept looking Wolfhound. I know they're Irish and all, but the Valhund is way cuter.

Oooo, good idea to find out the GR's doggie! :-) Natalie, any ideas?

Kirsten said...

Oh Susan, you practical thing you...

How many ESTJs does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The cost/benefit ratio would dictate only one.

**

LOL. I've never taken the DISC thingy, but it sounds fun. I've never met a personality quiz I didn't like, after all. I'd probably score pretty high on the control factor. I typically prefer to work alone on projects because then I can control the outcome. I don't like surrendering control to someone else who might SCREW IT UP. ;-) Maybe it's a trust thing.

Kirsten said...

Jeanne, I would be all over the Bichon if they didn't have white hair. I just don't like the white hair/pink skin thing. Makes the hair look pink, or when they're dirty (which mine would be, 90% of the time) sort of an off-pink greyish flesh color that I find distinctly unappealing.

And then there's the eye booger issue. Ew.

I'm not much of a groomer. ;-)

I love the Portugese Water Dog, but they're pretty high energy. I think the Lab half of the labradoodle would be a nice calming factor. Poodles are a bit too high energy for me as well.

jo robertson said...

Yep, you hit it on the head, Kirsten. My sis is a strong J and I'm in the middle of the spectrum.

Fascinating topic!

Joan said...

I'd take that over the shaggy, unkept looking Wolfhound

Have ye ever seen one of those fine hounds up close? They are the kind of dog ye don't mess with...just salute and give them wide berth!

Kirsten said...

Wow, Jo, maybe I should give up this writing biz and go into the Myers-Briggs analysis game! I was just taking a stab at it. that's really fascinating that it's actually true.

Kirsten said...

Joan, I must admit I've never actually seen a wolfhound up close, and they do seem like amazing creatures. But shaggy, right? I'm not saying I'm the best groomed creatures around, but those guys have that wispy hair that doesn't even comb down quite right.

I'm not saying they aren't fantastic animals -- just not worthy to be YOU. :-)