Philosophical Quiz

Surreal-2Sometimes life just sucks. A lot of disappointments to grieve and sort. I was unable to write today. Though it is usually my go to therapy I am feeling too vulnerable and guarded to face my thoughts/emotions on paper. So I decided to do something a little different. I’ve done a quiz at Curious Flowers and decided to do another one here. Your job is simply to answer the questions and I will calibrate the results. If you are uncomfortable posting your answers publicly you can email me. If you are uncomfortable sharing your answers with me but would still like to participate I will give you the answer key. You do not need to know anything about Planescape Torment to participate. A faction is a philosophical school and though these factions are made up they do share similarities with some real world philosophical schools. This quiz is for fun so take at your own risk haha. These philosophies, have at times, featured in my poems.

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What Planescape faction do you belong to? 15 possible outcomes, detailed descriptions provided

Choose the group of positive traits that represents you best (can choose more than one group)

  1. optimistic, hard-working, adroit
  2. avante garde, energetic, daring
  3. meticulous, studious, organized
  4. dedicated, lawful, vigilant
  5. logical, decisive, firm
  6. intuitive, active, spontaneous
  7. enthusiastic, curious, charming
  8. introspective, revolutionary, passionate
  9. persuasive, tenacious, self-assured
  10. charitable, tolerant, practical
  11. observant, articulate, self-reliant
  12. liberal, independent, strait-forward
  13. calm, prudent, frugal
  14. ambitious, resourceful, autonomous
  15. spirited, creative, versatile

Choose the group of negative traits that represents you best (can choose more than one group)

  1. impulsive, disorganized, short-tempered
  2. strict, unforgiving, judgmental
  3. inscrutable, spacy, erratic
  4. suspicious, intolerant, forceful
  5. pessimistic, defeatist, unstable
  6. creepy, unemotional, solemn
  7. perfectionistic, boring, obsessive
  8. opinionated, bitter, loud
  9. stubborn, haughty, impatient
  10. conceited, selfish, patronizing
  11. workaholic, gullible, indecisive
  12. frivolous, immature, hedonic
  13. unreliable, confused, weird
  14. greedy, manipulative, ruthless
  15. destructive, confrontational, disrespectful

What is the meaning of your life?

  1. To escape the karmic cycle of death and rebirth
  2. To discover the laws that govern the universe…knowledge
  3. To unite and move in accordance with the universe
  4. All things are bound to decay…I believe in entropy…let the world destroy itself in its sleep
  5. There is no meaning or purpose to life
  6. Life is a test and I strive that I might realize my true potential
  7. To discover the truth and to help others realize it for themselves
  8. To live life to the fullest
  9. Freedom, independence, the pursuit of self-sufficiency
  10. Clutches throat…pretends to choke…passes out
  11. Peace and the pursuit of justice
  12. Vengeance…ensuring that those who are unjust are punished to fullest extent of the law
  13. Wealth and power I want to live well while I am here
  14. To eliminate and/or reform corrupt political and bureaucratic systems
  15. I am the center of my own universe

Choose an activity (you can choose more than one)

  1. Join a gym or take up martial arts training
  2. Attend a TED talk
  3. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  4. Travel
  5. Take or offer a self defense class
  6. Teach a class on self-empowerment
  7. Join the citizen’s watch
  8. Get an offshore bank account
  9. Build something of substantial size
  10. Publish an autobiography
  11. Try your hand at graffiti
  12. Hand out seditious literature
  13. Open your own business
  14. Reduce your possessions until only the essentials remain
  15. Play in the park like a child

What job would suit you the best?

  1. A police officer or detective
  2. An accountant
  3. An actor/actress, artist, poet or musician
  4. A mortician or coroner (I am not good with living people)
  5. A scholar or scientist
  6. A judge or warden
  7. A merchant
  8. Unemployment (I’m more the starving artist type)
  9. Journalist and/or activist
  10. I’m a Jack of all Trades
  11. Carpenter, blacksmith construction worker
  12. A teacher or orator
  13. A politician or surgeon
  14. A criminal
  15. A custodian or nurse

Do you believe in a Creator (mark all that apply)

  1. Yes and I believe that I have been provided with everything essential for my success
  2. Religion is a hoax to make money…there is no God
  3. I believe everyone has their own truth…the majority is always wrong
  4. The only constant is change
  5. We are all sinners every one of us…the human race has gone to hell
  6. The universe is governed by laws even if those laws are not readily apparent. I am on the side of science. There is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the existence of a Creator
  7. I believe there is a common heartbeat…an innate natural wisdom something along the lines of the Tao…
  8. Yes and I’m it berk
  9. There is no hidden meaning or purpose behind life..it is what it is
  10. Religion is an effective method to earn money and obtain power…survival of the fittest
  11. I am devout perhaps even fanatical in my beliefs
  12. I consider myself to be a very open-minded person but I don’t presume to know all the answers!
  13. Life is suffering
  14. Claps hands together excitedly…question…question
  15. I believe in entropy…in decay…if there ever was a Creator they appear to have given up on us a long time ago

Pick a symbol

  1. A mirrored N (used to represent Nihilism)
  2. The atomic symbol (used by Atheists)
  3. Yin/Yang symbol
  4. A circle with giant A (Anarchy)
  5. A heart
  6. A dollar sign
  7. A self portrait
  8. Scales (used to represent justice)
  9. An anvil
  10. An ankh with wings (battered but still standing)
  11. The bio-hazard symbol
  12. Omnidirectional arrows with a center circle (used to represent chaos)
  13. A quill
  14. A guillotine
  15. A vulture

Do you keep your word?

  1. I would say anything to get ahead
  2. I swear allegiance to no one
  3. I am efficient I speak when necessary and I do what needs to be done
  4. You can’t trust anyone
  5. I will expose the truth
  6. If you lie to me there will be a price to pay mark my words
  7. An eye for an eye
  8. I prefer signed agreements
  9. If I’ve promised you anything chances are I’ve forgotten
  10. I prefer formulas…people are difficult to predict
  11. I don’t exactly abide by the laws if you get my meaning…
  12. Not always
  13. I fulfill my contracts to the best of my ability
  14. The only word I value is my own
  15. Barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah

Pick the quotes or sayings that coincide with your thinking

  1. “Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.”
  2. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.“ Bruce Lee
  3. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Goethe
  4. “What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is mine, unless you take proper precautions.”
  5. “Watch me, Hear me, Smell me, Touch me, Taste me … Know me”
  6. “If you were a dog, what kind of shoes do you think I should wear? Well?!”
  7. “I think, therefore I am…dangerous”
  8. “To Err is Human, to Punish is Divine”
  9. “If everyone is dead then why don’t I remember dying?” “If we’re all alive then why don’t I remember being born?”
  10. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha
  11. “Singing pounded me in the ocean waves. Without sight, without hearing, I perceived the radiance and the music such was my Source, the origin from which all lives spring.”
  12. “Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched”
  13. “One hundred kips all lined in a row, take an axe, some oil and a match, ninety nine kips lined in a row”
  14. The world I desire

    Is the one wrought

    With my own hands

    Is it Narcissism that

    Levitates my pulse?

    Or masochism?

    To shout savagely

    Into a backhanded wind

    That I belong

    Only to myself  (I wrote this one)

  15. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning. Garroting. That’s what justice is.” Joseph Heller

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67 responses to “Philosophical Quiz

  1. Happy to try. Positive qualities are 5,9,10,11. Negative qualities. 2, 4. Meaning 2 knowledge. Activity 6. Job. 9. Belief 12. Or. 15. Symbol. 12. Word. 13. Sayings. 3 10. Cool quiz. :). 🙂

  2. Well here goes Yves, wonder what this will tell you about me?

    spirited, creative, versatile, ( there were others but I didn’t see myself as being all three)
    stubborn, haughty, impatient, conceited, selfish, patronizing – I do try to be aware of these traits
    To live life to the fullest
    Travel, Attend a TED talk
    An actor/actress, artist, poet or musician, A mortician or coroner (I am not good with living people) – I’ve already been a teacher so I didn’t include that.
    Yes and I believe that I have been provided with everything essential for my success – I didn’t like the choices in this one….
    A heart
    Barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah
    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha

  3. I’ll try too. Positive qualities: 7, 10, 11, 14 Negative: 8, 9, 13 Meaning of life: 7 Activities: 2, 4, 10, 13 Job:12 Creator: 7 Symbol: 3 Word: 15 Quotes: 3, 5, 10, 11

  4. Choose the group of positive traits that represents you best (can choose more than one group)
    6. intuitive, active, spontaneous
    7. enthusiastic, curious, charming
    8. introspective, revolutionary, passionate
    11. observant, articulate, self-reliant

    Choose the group of negative traits that represents you best (can choose more than one group)
    2. strict, unforgiving, judgmental
    10. conceited, selfish, patronizing

    What is the meaning of your life?
    8. To live life to the fullest

    Choose an activity (you can choose more than one)
    3. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
    4. Travel
    13. Open your own business
    15. Play in the park like a child

    What job would suit you the best?
    3. An actor/actress, artist, poet or musician

    Do you believe in a Creator (mark all that apply)
    1. Yes and I believe that I have been provided with everything essential for my success
    9. There is no hidden meaning or purpose behind life..it is what it is
    10. Religion is an effective method to earn money and obtain power…survival of the fittest

    Pick a symbol
    5.A heart

    Do you keep your word?
    15.Barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah

    Pick the quotes or sayings that coincide with your thinking
    2. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.“ Bruce Lee
    3. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Goethe
    4. “What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is mine, unless you take proper precautions.”
    5. “Watch me, Hear me, Smell me, Touch me, Taste me … Know me”
    7. “I think, therefore I am…dangerous”
    8. “To Err is Human, to Punish is Divine”
    10.“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha

  5. Here are my results because it is only fair

    1. intuitive, active, and spontaneous/introspective, revolutionary, passionate
    2. impulsive, disorganized, short-tempered/inscrutable, spacy, erratic/pessimistic, defeatist, unstable/stubborn, haughty, impatient, unreliable, confused, weird
    3. to unite and move in accordance with the universe
    4. join a gym or take up martial arts training, attend a TED talk, volunteer in a soup kitchen, travel, publish a autobiography (maybe though my poems kind of play out that way), reduce my possessions, play in the park like a child
    5. A poet, unemployed starving artist (well I seem to be headed in that direction), custodian
    6. I believe everyone has their own truth, the only constant is change, Tao
    7. An ankh with wings
    8. If I’ve promised you anything chances are I’ve forgotten (I hate memory problems!), barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah
    9. Quotes are 2 3 10

    http://www.mimir.net/psmush/ciphers.shtml

  6. Sometimes it’s good to take a break and let the mind settle a little. I’ve admired your ability to write every day. This looks like an interesting quiz! I’m feeling too introverted to do it, though.

  7. Ok this sounds fun. Positive traits: 8,10,11,12,15, Negative traits: 5,8, Meaning: 7, Activity 15, Job 3, Creator 7,12, symbol 3, word: 15, quotes: 3,
    thanks for the time!

  8. Lets see which thiefling faction I get now 😀

    Optimistic traits: under 3 and 15
    Bad traits: 2, 5 and 9
    Meaning of life: a mix of 11 and 12, if it is allowed
    Activity: 3 and 11
    Job: under 10
    Creator: 15
    Symbol : Yin – Yang
    Word keeping: 6
    Quotes: 3 and 14

  9. observant, articulate, self-reliant
    impulsive, disorganized, short-tempered
    To live life to the fullest
    Attend a TED talk, Volunteer at a soup kitchen, Travel
    A teacher or orator
    Yes and I believe that I have been provided with everything essential for my success, I consider myself to be a very open-minded person but I don’t presume to know all the answers!
    A heart
    Barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah
    “There is that of God in Everyone.” (no matches)

    (If you wrote this, that’s pretty neat, participatory. It reminds me that It is difficult to philosophize about God if you are part of it. I started out as an absurdist, but believe I am now in a Martin Buber camp. Of course, I haven’t studied phiosophy since 1972.–unless you count feminism.)

      • You were a sensate I sent the link but here is the description

        Faction Philosophy

        “How do I know that something exists? I see it. Hear it. Smell it. Taste it. Touch it. The world is experienced through my senses. And a vivid world it is. Look around you! People of all types, all cultures, everything! The smells here are lush and from all corners of the multiverse… being in Sigil truly makes me feel alive. Music, arts, the whole vast tapestry of the cultural spectrum here… it’s glorious, it is. The only way to know truly something is to sense it, feel it, experience it. If you can’t do that, then it doesn’t exist. To know the multiverse is to experience it. And that is what we seek… knowledge of the multiverse.”

        “The Society of Sensation (the Sensates, to the common berk) is responsible for all the places of culture, all theatres, all drama. We are the lifeblood of the city, for without us, where would the common person be? What would he do, where would he go to be entertained? The populace would up and riot without our distractions from their simple lives. Let me tell you, the Sensates run this city, and we’re the only thing making sure that the Duke doesn’t run this Sigil into the ground with his oppresive taxes. The Harmonium might claim to keep us safe, but the Fated are working under their noses, worming their way in… and if the Hardheads won’t stop them, the Sensates will.”

        “Party, dance, sing, and drink! Give no thought to the (hic) morrow!”

        Faction Overview

        The Society of Sensation (or the Sensates, as they are most commonly known) is one of the most diverse and powerful groups in Sigil. It is their belief that the multiverse is meant to be experienced, and that the only way to truly know that some exists is to sense it. Sip the wine, don’t guzzle it, give everything a thorough looking-over, let the most fragrant of smalls waft into your nostrils, exalt in the beauty and culture of the multiverse. Try everything at least once, because without new experiences you are nothing. If you do not sense the whole multiverse, how are you going to know anything? Members of the Society of Sensation usually take to the streets of Sigil searching out all there is to see and do and experiencing it. Some of them are fools that go out, drinking and reveling every night, giving to heed to common sense and reliving the same experiences over and over again. Almost without exception, these revelers end up vanishing from the streets of Sigil. Whether this is because they drink themselves to death or indicative of something else is unsure… their factol, Erin Darkflame Montgomery, has mentioned a ‘culling’ of sorts… Let’s just say that the Sensates aren’t for hedonists.

        There’s another side to the Sensates, and it exists in the form of Factol Erin Montgomery. She believes that everything should be experienced, yes, but she’s looking at the big picture. If enough people experience enough of the multiverse, that they’ll realise the grand truth and finally “ascend” into a state of sheer consciousness, leaving their senses behind them once more knowledge is useless. Or so it’s said that she believes this… it’s always a friend who’s heard it from a friend that’s “just passing on the information.” Whether it’s true or not, the Sensates are far more politically active under Factol Erin than they ever have been in the past. They’re trying to gather support for the arts, music, and other humanities in the Clerk’s Ward, and they’ve become more interested in the attendance of other factions at their productions and parties. Nobody can give a reason.

        “They’re up to something,” says “Duke” Rowan Darkwood, the factol of the Fated. “They’re plotting something, and if nobody else will stop them, I will.” The Fated, seeing the current actions of the Signers as a threat to the Duke’s own plans for domination, have begun an increase in the taxes to the entire Clerk’s Ward: they’re hoping to tax the miserable little pleasure-seekers out of existence. The Sensates have taken their voices to the Hall of Speakers, where either the Duke can maintain a block vote to ensure that his demands are put in place, or he fails. All of Sigil’s gearing up for the confrontation between Darkwood and Montgomery, but there’s not a soul outside their factions that wants to see the conflict escalate.

        Faction Life

        The Sensates tend to head for the artistic side of the fence, although there are some that would seek to explore the intricacies of law and order. However, for the more part, the Sensates around Sigil are interwined completely with the arts. Poets, artists, singers, dramatists – Sensates, the lot of them. What’s more, they usually serve as the faction’s eyes and ears in its quest for the complete control of Sigil and the transcendance of its people into realms of pure senses. See that performer on the street corner outside the Hall of Records? It’s a sure bet that her keen eyes are watching the comings and goings into the headquarters of the Fated, and that information is flying back to Factol Montgomery. Or course, not every Sensate performer, artist, or poet is a spy, and even if they are, they still care deeply about their artistic productions.

        Other Sensates take it upon themselves to find people who have had interesting experiences, and interview them so that their memories and sensations can be added to the Sensoriums of the Civic Festhall: places of mystery and enchantment where powerful illusion magics recreate past sensations that have been recorded into its recorder stones.

        Some Sensates throw responsibility to the wind and vow to drink their way from birth to death. Strangely enough, these people usually disappear one night. Their bodies? Never found. Perhaps they wander too far into the Hive. Or perhaps some Mercykiller or Harmonium factor has taken it upon themselves to rid Sigil of its bubber? The factol doesn’t seem to care that much about them vanishing from the faction, so it’s not a major issue within the Hall of Speakers. There’s still a rather glaring mystery there, though – if anyone wants to take the risks of finding out.

  10. Interesting…I’m always intrigued by personality tests – a couple of years ago I used to frequently take them, until one told me I was a pretentious jerk. Safe to say that site lost a customer. Anyway, my answers to your test ma’am were as follows:
    For question 1, I answered: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8,11 and 15
    For question 2, I answered: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9
    For question 3, I answered: 2
    For question 4 I answered: 4, 6 and 10
    For question 5 I answered: 3
    For question 6 I answered: 12
    For question 7 I answered: 10
    For question 8 I answered: 8
    For question 9 I answered: 5
    Thank you for posting the test ma’am! Always interesting undertaking such philosophical, ideological applications. I wonder what all of my answers mean…

      • Interesting – the vast historic ideologies that are explored at this site are really quite fascinating. Again, thank you for allowing this quiz to be taken on your page – very revealing! Although some of the creative conceptions that are generated within the theorem I am able to agree with, the ‘lifeblood of the city’ reference and the whole drinking and partying trend doesn’t seem like me – but I guess not all sensates are the same…
        Our of curiosity, and perhaps this is none of my business ma’am, but which faction are you aligned with?

      • This was me
        1. intuitive, active, and spontaneous/introspective, revolutionary, passionate
        2. impulsive, disorganized, short-tempered/inscrutable, spacy, erratic/pessimistic, defeatist, unstable/stubborn, haughty, impatient, unreliable, confused, weird
        3. to unite and move in accordance with the universe
        4. join a gym or take up martial arts training, attend a TED talk, volunteer in a soup kitchen, travel, publish a autobiography (maybe though my poems kind of play out that way), reduce my possessions, play in the park like a child
        5. A poet, unemployed starving artist (well I seem to be headed in that direction), custodian
        6. I believe everyone has their own truth, the only constant is change, Tao
        7. An ankh with wings
        8. If I’ve promised you anything chances are I’ve forgotten (I hate memory problems!), barring a mental breakdown or extenuating circumstances yeah
        9. Quotes are 2 3 10

        http://www.mimir.net/psmush/ciphers.shtml

        Not all Sensates party (those that do are just more noticeable) the primary goal is to experience life, they are interested in art poetry beauty philosophy

  11. Awesome, time for round 2! 😀

    1- 1, 3, and 15 are all my strongest suits!
    2- 7, 11, and 13.
    3- To discover the truth and to help others realize it for themselves
    4- 2 (I love TED talks!), 4, and 13.
    5- An actor/actress, artist, poet or musician.
    6- I consider myself to be a very open-minded person but I don’t presume to know all the answers!
    7- Yin/Yang symbol
    8- I fulfill my contracts to the best of my ability
    9- “Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.”

  12. Okay, I’ll bite … wonder what this will reveal? Thanks for doing this.

    Good: introspective, revolutionary, passionate
    Bad: bad // inscrutable, spacy, erratic // perfectionistic, boring, obsessive // unreliable, confused, weird

    Meaning: Clutches throat…pretends to choke…passes out // Freedom, independence, the pursuit of self-sufficiency

    Activity: Travel // Graffiti // Seditious literature

    Job: Poet // Scholar // Teacher

    Creator: Open-minded, don’t have answers

    Symbol: Quill // Bio-hazard

    Keep your word: I am efficient I speak when necessary and I do what needs to be done

    Quote: “Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.” // “I think, therefore I am…dangerous”

  13. Interesting quiz!

    Positive Traits: 6, 7, 15
    Negative Traits: 5, 9, 15
    Meaning of my life: 8, kind of 13
    Activity: 1, 3, 4
    Job: 3, 9
    Creator: 12
    Symbol: 13
    Keeping your Word: 6, 7, 13
    Sayings: 7, 12 (I love what you wrote for 14!)

  14. Positive Traits: 11, 13, 15

    Negative Traits: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13

    Meaning of My Life: 10

    Activity: 2, 4, 15

    Job: 3

    Creator: 12, 13

    Symbol: 7

    Keeping your Word: 12

    Quotes: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Goethe
    “Watch me, Hear me, Smell me, Touch me, Taste me … Know me”

    (Loved “into a backhanded wind”. You know how to coin a phrase!)

  15. 1. optimistic, hard-working, adroit
    2. energetic
    3. meticulous, studious, organized
    4. dedicated, lawful
    5. logical, decisive,
    6. intuitive, active, spontaneous
    7. enthusiastic, curious, charming
    8.
    9. self-assured
    10. charitable, tolerant, practical
    11. observant, articulate, self-reliant
    12. liberal, independent, strait-forward
    13. calm, prudent, frugal
    14. resourceful, autonomous
    15. spirited, creative, versatile

    3. inscrutable, spacy, erratic
    9. stubborn, haughty, impatient

    3. To unite and move in accordance with the universe

    4. Travel
    14 Reduce possessions

    5. A scholar or scientist

    12. I consider myself to be a very open-minded person but I don’t presume to know all the answers!

    3. Yin/Yang symbol

    3. I am efficient I speak when necessary and I do what needs to be done

    2. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.“ Bruce Lee

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  17. My Turn 😉 Positive: 2,4,6,7,12,15 Negative: 9, 11 Life: 3,6,8,14 Activity: 3,4,15 Job: 5,10 Creator: 7,12 Symbol 3 My Word: 13 Quotes: 11,12, 14 Thanks for sharing this was cute 🙂

  18. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
    “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to
    tell someone!

  19. Oh i Just love quizess and things like these

    Positive qualities are 1,15.
    Negative qualities. 6,8,9
    . Life- 8
    Activity 4,11
    Job. 9
    . Belief 1,12
    . Symbol. 5
    . Word. 3,4,12
    Sayings. 2

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