Quiz: How Much of a Geek Are You?

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You’re reading a post on a blog called "GeekDad," so whether you’re a dad or not, the odds are you’re a geek…or at least you think you are. If you’re not completely sure you qualify as a complete geek, or just want to be more secure in your geekiness, this ten-question quiz may help. (If you can’t figure out if you’re a dad or not, you’ve got problems beyond our ability to help.) Scoring instructions are at the end.

1. When you watch Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, you:
    A. Love it! It’s such fun to watch, even after more than thirty years.
    B. Grumble about the changes George Lucas made. Han shot first!
    C. Rewind it at least three times to watch the stormtrooper hit his head on the door on the way in, and then duck on the way out. And the movie’s title is just "Star Wars," you fool!
    D. Why would I want to watch that? It’s so trite!
RobbyRobby

2. When you hear the term "robot," what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
    A. Commander Data from Star Trek.
    B. Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.
    C. LEGO Mindstorms, or building a robot either from a kit or from scratch (+1 point). And Data was an android, not a robot. Plus, he was a Lieutenant Commander, not a Commander.
    D. Rosey from "The Jetsons."

3. Have you ever generated your own Geek Code?
    A. No, but I knew what one was without having to follow the link.
    B. Yes, once, but I thought it was kinda stupid and forgot about it until this quiz just mentioned it.
    C. Heck, yeah! And I had at least two + signs after the C!
    D. I had to follow the link to know what you were talking about.

4. Kelsey Grammer had a brief appearance on an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In which episode was this?
    A. I kinda vaguely remember that, but couldn’t tell you what episode that was.
    B. That was the one where the Enterprise keeps blowing up over and over again. I don’t remember the title, though.
    C. "Cause and Effect," Season 5, Episode 18, of course! Directed by Jonathan Frakes, btw.
    D. Why the heck would I remember something like that?
GrammerGrammer

5. A friend tells you that the power supply on his laptop died. You:
    A. Suggest he send it back to the manufacturer for repair.
    B. Know exactly the place to take it locally, give him directions there, and tell him to mention your name.
    C. Tell him to bring it over to your place, where you’ve got a spare one and all the tools needed to replace it.
    D. Offer him condolences, and tell him it happens to every guy sometime.

(The second half of the quiz is after the jump.)


6. You see in the newspaper that Jonathan Coulton is going to be playing at a nearby venue tomorrow, and tickets are already sold out. You:
    A. Shrug. He’s good, but you’ve got all his music anyway. You’ll just have to catch him next time.
   
B. Call everyone you know to see if they have an extra ticket, meanwhile searching your local Craigslist for anyone selling tickets.
   
C. Shrug, because JoCo tweeted about it when it was booked, and you bought tickets right away. Your only problem is figuring out if you can get him to sign your iPod. Incidentally, newspaper? Who reads those any more?
    D. Have no idea who he is without following the link.
JocoJoco

7.
What’s your opinion of caffeine (skip this one if you’re religiously disallowed from ingesting caffeine, and subtract 3 from the total possible score in your calculations)?
    A. It’s occasionally a good thing to have around, but I can live without it.
    B. I have to have at least two cups of coffee/tea a day, or I get a headache.
    C. I am a machine that produces work, and caffeine is my fuel. No caffeine = no work.
    D. Never touch the stuff.

8. How many geeky T-shirts do you own?
    A. Three or four, but I only wear them now and then.
    B. Somewhere around ten, and I wear them on a rotation, except I’ll wear button-down shirts to go out to dinner or to an interview or something.
    C. There’s another kind of shirt? I buy every one I can find online and at cons! Sometimes I forget which ones I already have and buy a duplicate.
    D. Zero. I’m too old for that kind of juvenile stuff.

9. Your reaction to people who have "battles" with their iPhones using the now-unavailable PhoneSaber application is:
    A. Jealousy. I either don’t have an iPhone yet, or got it too late to get the app before it was pulled.
    B. Slight envy. I’ve got the app, but none of my friends have it, so I have nobody to battle.
    C. Are you kidding? I’ve had the app since it first appeared, on my first-gen iPhone I got on release day. My buddies and I have battles every day.
    D. That has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

10. How often do you read GeekDad?
    A. Whenever I get around to checking my subscriptions in Google Reader or Bloglines.
    B. Daily! I love it.
    C. At least four times a day. I follow most of the authors on Twitter, so I usually know when they have new articles posted.
    D. This is my first time at the site.

OK, now give yourself 1 point for each A answer, 2 for each B, and 3
for each C, and -1 for each D. Take that total, and divide it by 30. If you scored at least 60%, you qualify as a complete geek. If you scored under 40%, you need to work on it. If you scored 100%, and you don’t already write for GeekDad, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.

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