The Acceptance of Aggression Quiz

 

Humor me by not looking this up, and not thinking–yet—about why I’m asking. I’ll explain later. For now, I’m just curious about how Ricochet scores on this quiz. Add one point for every “yes” answer, unless the question is preceded by an R, in which case subtract a point. 

1. Beneath the polite and smiling surface of man’s nature is a bottomless pit of evil. 2. (R) Human nature is fundamentally co-operative. 3. (R) Most people can be trusted. 4. Human nature being what it is there will always be war and conflict. 5. Life is a jungle. 6. Man is a fighting animal. 7. “Dog eats dog” is a law of nature we have to accept. 8. “Survival of the fittest” is what determines who gets on in life. 9. (R) Everybody can control his temper if he really wants to. 10. I believe in “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.11. If a man hits me I believe in hitting back. 12. Wars are a good thing because they help people work off the aggression inside them. 13. It’s natural for men to be full of fight when they are young. 14. (R) To be kind and friendly towards others is the natural state of men. 15. (R) If we trust others they will generally prove worthy of our trust. 16. (R) Nobody is just born with a need to show himself stronger or superior. 17. With some people it is a waste of time being soft-the only argument they understand is force. 18. If you are always obliging to other people they don’t respect you. 19. A fighter is always respected. 20. (R) Any sort of fighting is basically uncivilized. 21. (R) Aggressive people are not being natural — they are psychologically sick. 22. (R) It is natural to be considerate towards others. 23. Civilization is only a thin veneer over man’s basic animal nature. 24. (R) It is not natural for man to be destructive. 25. (R) Man is basically a builder–not a destroyer. 26. Children are naturally destructive. 27. (R) Fighting never solved anything. 28. (R) Fighting is never necessary. 29. (R) People who fight to settle an argument are just showing how stupid they really are. 30. (R) Nations don’t need armies to protect themselves.

Don’t over-think it, for now, and if you know or can guess why I’m asking, please save the comment for later so that you don’t influence the way others react. 

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  1. Profile photo of Kennedy Smith Inactive

     +6 (8 Mean Girl answers, 2 goody-good ones, though not sure if those are human nature or rewarded behavior).

    I like how it starts off with “a bottomless pit of evil”. Sets the tone.

    • #1
    • October 24, 2011 at 1:45 am
  2. Profile photo of Beasley Inactive

    +7.

    Looking forward to the deep insight that this number reveals about me, and what the Ricochet average says about us all.

    • #2
    • October 24, 2011 at 1:50 am
  3. Profile photo of Robert Lux Member

    +5.

    • #3
    • October 24, 2011 at 2:00 am
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    -1

    • #4
    • October 24, 2011 at 2:06 am
  5. Profile photo of jonsouth Member

    +9, and would’ve been +10 but I said yes to Q9… am I just in a cynical (or realistic) mood?

    • #5
    • October 24, 2011 at 2:35 am
  6. Profile photo of jonorose Inactive

    +15….. I have aggression and trust issues (especially lately)

    • #6
    • October 24, 2011 at 2:52 am
  7. Profile photo of Stu In Tokyo Member

    +8

    boy some of those questions require huge qualifiers 🙂

    • #7
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:12 am
  8. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    +10. Who…. Us? Over-think? Nah….

    • #8
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:21 am
  9. Profile photo of Herkybird Inactive

    +1

    • #9
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:32 am
  10. Profile photo of Marythefifth Member

    +1

    • #10
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:35 am
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    -1.

    • #11
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:36 am
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    -1

    • #12
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:47 am
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    Zero.

    • #13
    • October 24, 2011 at 3:51 am
  14. Profile photo of Dave L Member

    +2

    • #14
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:01 am
  15. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    10.  One can always find a reason to disagree with sentences containing absolutes, even this one.

    • #15
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:06 am
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    0.

    • #16
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:15 am
  17. Profile photo of The Other Diane Reagan

    +1. I’m with Stu in Tokyo about the huge qualifiers, and could have had a higher score if I put on Kennedy’s Mean Girl hat. Gut answers are +1 though.

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    • October 24, 2011 at 4:25 am
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    Stu In Tokyo: +8

    boy some of those questions require huge qualifiers 🙂 · Oct 24 at 3:12am

    Yep!

    -2

    • #18
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:25 am
  19. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member

    +6

    • #19
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:26 am
  20. Profile photo of bagodonuts Member

    +2

    • #20
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:29 am
  21. Profile photo of Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed. Post author

    They do require qualifiers, and I couldn’t even get past the third question without mentally writing an essay, but the results are in principle predictive of something, so just play along. 

    • #21
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:30 am
  22. Profile photo of katievs Member

    +6

    though (I can’t help it) what’s natural and has to be accepted isn’t the same as “nothing can be done about it, so might as well go with it.”

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    • October 24, 2011 at 4:38 am
  23. Profile photo of Andrea Ryan Member
    Kennedy Smith:  +6 (8 Mean Girl answers, 2 goody-good ones, though not sure if those are human nature or rewarded behavior).

    I like how it starts off with “a bottomless pit of evil”. Sets the tone. · Oct 24 at 1:45am

    +4  I’m surprised.

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    • October 24, 2011 at 4:43 am
  24. Profile photo of Ansonia Member

    +4 (-1 yes for number 2 , plus +5 yes answers for 4 , 6, 13, 17 and 18). I can hardly wait to find out what the score on the quiz indicates.

    • #24
    • October 24, 2011 at 4:45 am
  25. Profile photo of Alan Weick Member

     +7 The general thrust of the survey is not hard to figure out.  In the words of Lex Luthor, “People are no damned good.” And as conservatives, we know this to be true.  Just as we also know that human nature has no history.

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    • October 24, 2011 at 4:56 am
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    +6

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    • October 24, 2011 at 5:05 am
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    +4

    • #27
    • October 24, 2011 at 5:10 am
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    +3

    • #28
    • October 24, 2011 at 5:11 am
  29. Profile photo of Snow Bird Inactive

    +1 (yes for 23). 23 has nothing to do with aggression per se. The others are impossible to answer in a yes and no format.

    • #29
    • October 24, 2011 at 5:20 am
  30. Profile photo of Ed G. Inactive

    +5

    • #30
    • October 24, 2011 at 5:37 am
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