What Era of American History Do You Belong In?

By: Zoe Samuel

What's your favorite thing about the modern world?

Do you know how to dance?

What kind of shoes do you love to wear?

How do you want to spend your free time?

Do your friends tend to live quite similar lives to yours?

What cause do you really care about?

If you could pass a law and everyone would obey it, what law would it be?

If you could change one aspect of our history, what would it be?

What do you think is the greatest challenge of your time?

How do you like to travel?

Does ambient noise bother you?

What sort of home do you dream of living in?

How do you feel about the great outdoors?

Which president do you love to hear speak?

Which great American woman is your role model?

Which country do you think America should choose for its best friend?

Which country do you think America totally shouldn't trust, ever?

Have you ever left the USA?

How much of a news junkie are you?

Do you need a lot of instant gratification?

What's your idea of a harmless but lovely treat for yourself?

Have you ever had to rely on a safety net that wasn't a relative?

Do you know your neighbors?

How important is it to you to form your own very traditional family unit?

Would you rather live a shorter but very exciting life, or a longer but duller one?

Would you ever start your own business?

How important is it to you to own your own home one day?

Do you ever feel kind of guilty about all the lovely things you get by virtue of being American, knowing that other people don't have them?

How important is it for humanity to go to other planets or heavenly bodies like the moon?

On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest, how sure are you that America will still be a) around and b) a democracy, in 100 years?

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About This Quiz

American history hasn't been an entirely smooth road. On the scale of human history, the last 240 years represent a relatively modest sliver of time, but thanks to a combination of geography, climate, cultural factors, previous history, and demography, America has been an exceptionally exciting place to be for its somewhat short existence. 

For those who were here before the USA became the USA, of course, that 240 period (and the 100 to 150 years preceding it) contains a great deal of misery. Likewise, for those who did not travel to these shores by choice, America's existence hasn't always been their idea of happy fun times. However, in the words of a great American, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." So it is in the United States, where the progress of the country from a place that TALKED good ideas but didn't live them to a place that is starting to embody them more has been a very complicated path indeed.

Where would you have thrived along this rocky road? Did you belong in the Gilded Age, when inequality was at its peak, and the working class began to organize itself to do something about it? Are you from the 1960s, an age when Civil Rights, feminism, and environmentalism started to take hold? Do you belong now, in the period of great trials but also a great awakening of civic awareness as people double down on fighting for what they value? Or are you best aligned with the time when it all began, when everything seemed possible, and the idea of a perfect nation hadn't been threatened by the realities of life in the 1700s? Let's find out!

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