How Intelligent Are You, Really?

EDUCATION

By: Mark Lichtenstein

5 Min Quiz

Do people think you sound educated?

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How many books do you own?

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Do you empathize well with other people?

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How difficult did you find academic tests?

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Does your intelligence give you access to rarefied communities?

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What do you do to sharpen your mental saw?

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In what way is your intelligence useful at work?

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Does your intelligence make it easier for other people to "get you"?

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Do you have a lot of vices?

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Do you spend a lot of time perusing the stacks at the bookshop?

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What is the first part of the newspaper you read in the morning?

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How are you at solving Zen koans?

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How quickly do you pick up a new lexicon?

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Do you do better when you have instruction at hand?

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How much studying did you have to do for standardized tests when you were growing up?

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How large is your circle of friends?

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How much time do you spend exploring subcultures?

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How quickly do you recognize patterns in data?

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How close are you willing to get to dangerous people?

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What essential electronic item do you carry every day?

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How good a listener are you?

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Do you know what active listening means?

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How are you at doing emotional labor?

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How old were you when you realized you were intelligent?

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How useful is your brand of intelligence on the seedy side of town?

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What sort of decision making is the easiest for you?

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Who was first to recognize your intelligence?

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How are you with word games?

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How good a negotiator are you?

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How helpless are you without access to Wikipedia?

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About This Quiz

The measure of intelligence can be taken through a number of methods. There is pure IQ, there is learned knowledge (book smarts), and there is practical knowledge (street smarts). If we combine all your attributes and measure them, where do you think you'll come out?

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