What Would Your Colonial America Job Be?

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By: Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Colonial America conjures up images of patriots in blue uniforms fighting an English army of much greater numbers. Bunker Hill, The Battle of Harlem Heights, Yorktown. While these images glamourize the age, they are hardly a representation of life as it was at the time. For most colonists, life was hardscrabble, tilling the soil, or shipping raw materials out to a world hungry for cotton and tobacco.

Even society was different. In colonial times it wasn't uncommon for whole families to sleep in one bed to ward off the New England winters. People didn't buy a new pair of shoes every year but kept old ones alive through maintenance. There was no underarm deodorant. Even the founding fathers struggled, with some of their farms killed off completely by the winter of 1816. Colonial life was a struggle, for certain people more than others, slaves in particular.

How would you have fit into society in those heady days? Would you have carved out a corner for yourself in the growing cities? Would you stake a claim in the untamed west? Would you grow tobacco in the south? How would your skills and natural aptitudes fit into this old version of America? What would your colonial America job be?

How specialist is your actual job today?

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How much of your job is referred to as "craft"?

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How much math is involved in your job?

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How much of your job is client facing?

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Are you good with your hands?

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Do you have an eye for aesthetics?

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Do you have the gift of gab?

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How are you at assessing others' needs?

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How diligent are you about details?

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Are you the only person who knows how to do what you do?

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How much of your job's terminology is unknown by most people?

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Do you enjoy the process of creation?

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Are you good at making ordinary things look pretty?

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How good are you at luring in customers?

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Can you balance the books of your business?

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How much of your job revolves around paperwork?

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Do you mind working outdoors?

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Do you want to be in the heart of the city?

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Are you capable of manual labor?

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Do you mind not making a lot of money?

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Do you want to leave a lasting legacy?

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Could you survive in the middle ages?

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How are you at improvising solutions to unexpected problems?

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Do you want to be able to work year-round?

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Do you need your job to be portable?

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Who do you want to cater to in your new profession?

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Do you want to work alone or with other people?

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How highly educated are you?

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Do you look down your nose at other working stiffs?

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How far do you want to be from the revolutionary war?

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