steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

One out of Three Ain't Bad...

A friend's locked post points me to this test, designed to tell me how far I can claim to be a white, working class American. Considering that many of the questions require the respondent to have lived in America, I scored quite highly - which would make me question the validity of the test if I hadn't already done so.

1. Have you ever lived for at least a year in an American neighborhood in which the majority of your fifty nearest neighbors did not have college degrees? No, because I've never lived in America. But I imagine the vast majority of Brits my age grew up in such a neighbourhood (I know I did, and have lived in several since), because college was the preserve of the few until fairly recently.

2. Did you grow up in a family in which the chief breadwinner was not in a managerial job or a high-prestige profession (defined as attorney, physician, dentist, architect, engineer, scientist, or college professor)? Yes. (Both parents were schoolteachers.) 4 points.

3. Have you ever lived for at least a year in an American community under 50,000 population? No (though the UK town I grew up in had a population of about 10,000).

4. Have you ever lived for at least a year in the United States at a family income that was close to or below the poverty line? No

5. Have you ever walked on a factory floor? Yes. 2 points.

6. Have you ever held a job that caused something to hurt at the end of the day? Yes. Budder’s assistant at the local nursery. It was only a summer job, but it bent me like a hoop, aged 18. I lasted three days. 3 points.

7. Have you ever had a close friend who was an evangelical Christian? Yes, fairly close.. 2 points.

8. Do you now have a close friend with whom you have strong and wide-ranging political disagreements? Many. (But how is that a class marker?). 4 points.

9. Have you ever had a close friend who could seldom get better than Cs in high school even if he or she tried hard? Quite a few. 4 points.

10. During the last month have you voluntarily hung out with people who were smoking cigarettes? Yes – my mother and brother, and the mother of one of my daughter's best friends. 3 points.

11. What military ranks are denoted by these five insignia? Haven’t a clue.

12. Option 1: Who is Jimmie Johnson? Don’t know. Option 2: Have you ever purchased Avon products? No.

13. Have you or your spouse ever bought a pickup truck? No.

14. During the last year, have you ever purchased domestic mass-market beer to stock your own fridge? Fridge? Fridge??? Of course not – beer goes in the cupboard. But I haven't bought any anyway.

15. During the last five years, have you or your spouse gone fishing? No.

16. How many times in the last year have you eaten at one of the following restaurant chains? Zero. But then I don’t eat out much at all. To me it's a treat, rather than a proof of working class credentials. I take a packed lunch to work.

17. In secondary school, did you letter in anything? Don’t know what that means, so I guess not.

18. Have you ever attended a meeting of a Kiwanis Club or Rotary Club, or a meeting at a union local? No.

19. Have you ever participated in a parade not involving global warming, a war protest, or gay rights? The Romsey Carnival procession, 1967-69. We used to process on lorries from the local brewery. I was, in successive years, the player of an Alpine horn for a Music of the World tableau (it melted in the rain), a playing card (an Alice tableau) and a snowy kind of person in our fabulous Winter Wonderland, which won a prize.

20. Since leaving school, have you ever worn a uniform? No.

21. Have you ever ridden on a long-distance bus (e.g., Greyhound, Trailways) or hitchhiked for a trip of fifty miles or more? Yes, I usually travel to London by National Express - at least, if I’m paying. 1 point.

22. Which of the following movies have you seen (at a theater or on a DVD)? I watched The King’s Speech on DVD at my mother’s. 1 point

23. During the 2009–10 television season, how many of the following series did you watch regularly? None.

24. Have you ever watched an Oprah, Dr. Phil, or Judge Judy show all the way through? Yes, I’ve seen Judge Judy a couple of times. 1 point.

25. What does the word Branson mean to you? Sir Richard, or a misspelt brand of pickle.

Total: 25
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