Take the Bubble Quiz!

How thick is your bubble?

Notable author Charles Murray has a new book out, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.

In the book, Murray says there’s an unprecedented and troubling cultural separation in Amerca — between not just rich and poor but between upper-middle class and working class. Americans are living separate lives, defined by increasingly distinct core values and practices.

To promote the book, his publisher AEI has put together an interesting and amusing quiz to measure “How thick is your bubble?– that is, how insulated you are from how most Americans live.

Take the quiz! Click here.

I scored 12. Here’s my certificate, LOL:

Oddly, although my score was 12, I was told this:

“On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16. In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.

I think my “12″ score has something to do with the fact that, despite my Ph.D. degree and full professorship, I’m an immigrant (legal) who grew up in poverty and worked my way through my first 4 years of college with menial jobs that included dishwasher, graveyard-shift waitress, shoe-salesgirl, A&W fast food worker, deep-frying artichokes, and selling Fullerbrush and Avon door to door.

I have a feeling effete Liberals or Progressives will score lower on this Bubble Quiz than Conservatives. It’d be interesting to see how Fellowship of the Minds’ readers do on this quiz.

National Review’s David French scored “17″ on the quiz. I support his endorsement of Charles Murray’s call for successful Americans to leave the bubble and to consciously engage across the entire spectrum of American society.

To take the Bubble Quiz, click here!!!

H/t Bob Russell.  :)

Update (Feb 8, 2012):

Charles Murray, author of the bubble book, explains there’s a “new upper class” in America who increasingly are different and insulated from larger America, which is why we don’t them. Go here.

~Eowyn

25 responses to “Take the Bubble Quiz!

  1. I got 14 out of 20. Huh! That really tells me a lot about myself. :) Very interesting subject. I don’t know how or if I can post a picture here though, or I would’ve posted the “certificate” image.

  2. Wow I scored a 9 out of 20…Says a lot. Eowyn or Steve let me know I can send you an email of the results.

    • So what are they saying I’m not engage with mainstream America, those questions I answered in the way I answered I should have the American flag tattooed on my @ss.

  3. I scored a 9 on this test–not really sure how accurate this is.

  4. Hehehehee…I’ve always marched to the beat of a
    different drummer.I ascribe my low score to not
    having any “close” friends (I lost her 10 years ago)
    and liking Guinness Stout and Grand Prix & Indy
    (although Old Milwaukee works during haying season
    and NASCAR races…go Jr. :) turn left)

  5. Hmm.. I got a 13 out of 20. Interesting quiz… Thanks Eowyn, that was fun! :)

  6. On a scale from 0 to 20 points, where 20 signifies full engagement with mainstream American culture and 0 signifies deep cultural isolation within the new upper class bubble, you scored between 13 and 16.

    In other words, you don’t even have a bubble.

  7. 9 out of 20 but I think mine is mostly because I don’t drink alcohol or smoke, I’m a girl so I’m not apt to hunt, and I have young kids so I don’t hang around people that smoke. I was more “engaged” as a high schooler I think. I like my bubble. :) But I’m not Upper Class $ wise at all. I just maybe have principles and standards and your basic goody-goody. ;)

  8. 11 out of 20, could’ve been 12 but I walked up after the guy was done smoking. Does that count?

  9. I scored a 15,would it have been a lower score had I not known who Jeff Gordon was?.Being an Alaskan who spent 20 plus years fishing the Bering Sea I would have assumed that I would be pretty well isolated—LOL
    Wild Bill
    Alaska

  10. Scored an 11…I even knew the NASCAR driver and I don’t follow that yet read ESPN daily…

  11. I scored a 10, I guess I’m a little isolated. I proudly didn’t know who the Lowe’s car driver is, because I do not find people driving on an oval track very interesting. Now, horses running in an oval IS interesting, but I don’t have the $ to really enjoy it… :-)
    I don’t know how accurate this is, since 90% of all my shopping is done at Wal-Mart (that’s mainly because it’s the only store close) …

  12. i scored 15 out of 20 and i mean who doesn’t stock their fridge with beer?
    and although i have never ridden as a passenger on a grey hound or trailways bus once upon a time i was a bus owner and drove a bus but i was never a passenger…

  13. No one else here is as insulated as I? (3 out of 20) To go with the middle America answers I even had to stretch on a couple. I had one friend in high school who got Cs only with my help. My income wouldn’t say “elite,” not hardly, but I’ve always worked for non-profits so there you go.

    I’d like to post this quiz on facebook, but I do have black friends and mostly touchy white friends who probably wouldn’t appreciate it.

    I did go to Ruby Tuesday twice! this year and sat through 5 minutes of Transformers.

    • Cris,

      Your last sentence made me laugh.

      You do have company. My brother scored 4 out of 20. :)

    • white collar crime kills

      I’d like to post this quiz on facebook, but I do have black friends and mostly touchy white friends who probably wouldn’t appreciate it.
      why? because of the “gotcha” stereotyping (nascar. hunting. selective restrictions of acceptable parades, but then vague otherwise)?
      it’s just an amusing quiz.

  14. I received a 14 but a few are ones that I have to credit to my husband. He did have a pickup but I hated it. I do buy beer for him but I only drink wine. I absolutely don’t hunt but we live on the coast so I do go out fishing. It is interesting to see how the questions were framed. It does make one think about ones cultural inclusivity.

  15. Question #1 is wrong. I just heard Mr. Murray on Bloomberg Radio (guess what my score was???). #1 should say “Have you ever WALKED on a factory floor”, not “worked”.

    • Actually John,,”worked on a factory floor” is correct.”Walked” when used in context to a factory floor refers to management personnel who walk the floor to insure that employees are indeed “working on the factory floor”.
      Wild Bill
      Alaska

  16. Charles Murray, author of the book that inspired The Bubble Test, explains why Americans don’t like the “new upper class.”
    http://ideas.time.com/2012/02/07/the-new-upper-class-and-the-real-reason-we-dislike-them/

  17. white collar crime kills

    Quiz is full of holes, even ignoring that some questions are “gotcha” red (culture war stereotype) questions.
    All GOP presidential candidates would score “low” on this quiz. ;-)
    Site crippled the submit button with javascript.

  18. white collar crime kills

    i chose yes for similar reasons. I’ve never drunk alcoholic stuff, but have bought beer for other people. that’s a “yes” in the spirit (punny) of the question.

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