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How transcendental are you?

Find out if you have the qualities to run with Thoreau and Emerson!

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    What do you think when you see this picture
    • A.
      Serene and peaceful
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      Energized
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden, You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • C.
      Bored
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      Gross and dirty
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 2.
    I feel most accomplished when...
    • A.
      My parents/guardians tell me they are proud of me
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      I completed something all on my own
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      All my friends are getting along and happy with me
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      I used the least resources (time, energy, materials) to get the job done. I was as efficient as possible
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
  • 3.
    Where would you rather live?
    • A.
      downtown Indianapolis
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      on a farm outside Columbus
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • C.
      in Brown County miles away from the closest neighbor
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 4.
    How do faith and religion play in your life
    • A.
      No rol
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • B.
      I am spiritual but don't believe in or necessarily need a church/organization  to practice my faith
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden, A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      My church or religion is a very important aspect of my faith
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 5.
    What sounds like the perfect Saturday
    • A.
      Going out to dinner or a movie with friends
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      A quiet stroll through Mill Race
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • C.
      Spending time teaching yourself a new skill
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • D.
      Videogame or Netflix binge
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 6.
    What's most important to you
    • A.
      Friends and Family
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      Security and Stability
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • C.
      Love and partnership
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      Independence and Self-reliance
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 7.
    Which literary heroine do you admire most
    • A.
      Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • C.
      Juliet Capulet (Romeo and Juliet)
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
  • 8.
    Which picture is the most appealing
    • A.
      A
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      B
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      C
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • D.
      D
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 9.
    Which picture makes you feel happiest
    • A.
      A
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      B
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      C
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      D
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 10.
    Which is the most upsetting to you
    • A.
      Increasing world poverty
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • B.
      The destruction of our planet
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      Being dependant on someone else
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • D.
      Living Life without adventure, never taking any risks
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
  • 11.
    I believe in myself
    • A.
      1. Disagree completely
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      2. Disagree
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • C.
      3. Neutral
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • D.
      4. Agree
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • E.
      5. Agree completely
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 12.
    I believe there is knowledge above the 5 senses 
    • A.
      1. Disagree completely
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      2. Disagree
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • C.
      3. Neutral
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • D.
      4. Agree
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • E.
      5. Agree Completely
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 13.
    I believe in a Higher Being
    • A.
      Disagree completely
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      Disagree
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • C.
      Neutral
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      Agree
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • E.
      Agree Completely
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 14.
    I believe that Being is a part of me and the world around me
    • A.
      1. Disagree Completely
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • B.
      2. Disagree
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • C.
      3. Neutral 
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • D.
      4. Agree
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • E.
      5. Agree Completely
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
  • 15.
    I believe in society and its institutions
    • A.
      1 Disagree Completely
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      2. Disagree
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • C.
      3. Neutral 
      (Correlates to: You're somewhat of a transcendentalist)
    • D.
      4. Agree 
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
    • E.
      5. Agree completely
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 16.
    I prefer to use
    • A.
      Intuition
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      Logic
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 17.
    I prefer to use
    • A.
      imagination
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      reason
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)
  • 18.
    I believe people are inherently good.
    • A.
      True
      (Correlates to: A Pure Transcendentalist)
    • B.
      False
      (Correlates to: Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Looks like you wouldn't crack it at Walden
    Maybe you find nature boring or dirty, or maybe you prefer to work in groups and interact with and rely on other humans rather than go it alone but either way it doesn't seem like your much of a transcendentalist. Perhaps try rationalism.
  • 2.
    You're somewhat of a transcendentalist
    It looks like you share some qualities with transcendentalists. Perhaps you are independent but still highly value relationships or find harmony in the natural world but see it was a retreat rather than a way of life. Some of their philosophies will ring true to you even if you wouldn't devote your life to Emerson's teachings.
  • 3.
    A Pure Transcendentalist
    Have you thought about packing up and moving to a life of cabin solitude? Because it looks like you are a transcendentalist through and through. You value self-reliance and believe in a power above what you can know or learn through your senses. You see power and majesty in nature and respect it as it's own entity.