Friday Fun: Which Founder Are You?
Personality quizzes can be a guilty pleasure for many, but they typically aren't reliable sources of information. Thanks to the National Constitution Center, there's a personality quiz that actually has educational applications! Schools offering Automobile Repair degrees can also be found in these popular choices.
If you want to take a fun personality test, but feel guilty about spending time answering potentially frivolous questions, you're in luck. The 'Which Founder Are You?' quiz can indulge your desire to answer questions about yourself while also imparting information about our Founding Fathers.
Quiz questions are lighthearted, but they get at some important personality traits. For example, one question asks what strategy you would use to study French. The answer choices in this example include 'make flashcards to study vocabulary,' 'seek out information about France and the French culture,' 'make friends with French native speakers so you can practice' and 'strategies? I can pass the exam just by doing assigned homework.' Questions follow a similar form, seeming to be aimed at students and drawing a connection between work habits and personality. There are also some questions about leisure time, but all are school-appropriate.
After you finish the quiz, you'll be matched with a founder whose personality best suits the answers you've chosen. You can be matched with founders like William Paterson of New Jersey, who is described as 'stern, moralistic and diligent,' the 'good-natured, intellectually curious and worldly wise' Benjamin Franklin, or James Madison, for the 'diligent, scholarly and shy.' The results are returned with a brief description of the founder's contributions, along with a link to more information.
Though probably not the most accurate quiz, this is a great way to humanize the Founding Fathers; it would make a great activity for elementary, middle and even some high school classrooms. Teachers could use this game as the basis for a project about a specific founder. It's also a fun activity for non-student history buffs looking for a little diversion. Go ahead and take the quiz yourself!
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