My nephew posted an online quiz which purports to show whether you are a northerner or southerner. No one's expectations for the accuracy of such entertainments is high - they are there for fun. He is currently placed to be thinking about it a lot. He is a Massachusetts boy studying at Tufts who has some of his graduate work at Emory at the moment. And a southern girlfriend.
It was fun for me, too, though for different reasons. I am always intrigued by what stories people tell about themselves and about others - what stereotypes they want to believe.
First, the quiz has to have been written by a southerner. How do we know that, without having read a single word of a single question? Because only southerners divide the country in two, contrasting themselves with northerners. Everyone else sees several sections of the country: Midwest, West Coast, Northwest or Southwest. Texas and Alaska both see themselves compared to the rest of the country.
The questions were clearly scored along an axis of Just Folks vs. Fancy and Maybe Artificial. Prefer expensive suburb, urban apartment, anything cheap, small town? Atlanta has some pretty gracious suburbs and the Research Triangle sure has apartments. Still, we know what they mean.
Am I ruining your enjoyment for the sake of mine?