1. Can you talk about “Mad Men?” All but the fourth season; I don’t have cable so I have to wait for the DVD.
2. Can you talk about the “The Sopranos?” No.
3. Do you know who replaced Bob Barker on “The Price Is Right?” Drew Carey. (I prefer Bob Barker’s pro-animal rights politics to Drew Carey’s libertarian ones, incidentally.)
4. Have you watched an Oprah show from beginning to end? Um, not sure.
5. Can you hold forth animatedly about yoga? I can’t even hold forth un-animatedly about it.
6. How about pilates? Nope.
7. How about skiing? Nuh-uh.
8. Mountain biking? Um, no.
9. Do you know who Jimmie Johnson is? Not a clue.
10. Does the acronym MMA mean anything to you? No.
11. Can you talk about books endlessly? Yes, and if you don’t stop me, I will.
12. Have you ever read a “Left Behind” novel? Yes – the first one, I think. (It was a gift from my much-more-conservative-than-me sister.)
13. How about a Harlequin romance? No, but my mom used to, I think.
14. Do you take interesting vacations? I used to before I had a child.
15. Do you know a great backpacking spot in the Sierra Nevada? No.
16. What about an exquisite B&B overlooking Boothbay Harbor? Where’s that?
17. Would you be caught dead in an RV? I guess if someone murdered me and tried to hide the body in one.
18. Would you be caught dead on a cruise ship? Maybe an Alaskan one.
19. Have you ever heard of of Branson, Mo? Yes.
20. Have you ever attended a meeting of a Kiwanis Club? No.
21. How about the Rotary Club? No.
22. Have you lived for at least a year in a small town? Try about 22 years.
23. Have you lived for a year in an urban neighborhood in which most of your neighbors did not have college degrees? Yes.
24. Have you spent at least a year with a family income less than twice the poverty line? Yes.
25. Do you have a close friend who is an evangelical Christian? Yes.
26. Have you ever visited a factory floor? Yes.
27. Have you worked on one? Nope.
I didn’t bother to tally up my score, but I think it’s safe to say that my answers reflect the fact that I grew up working class in a small, semi-rural town but have spent most of my adult life (or at least post-graduate-school life) ensconsed among latte-sipping libruls.
It bears repeating that this is basically an attempt by Charles Murray (who wrote the op-ed this “quiz” is derived from) to re-define “elitism” largely according to a set of cultural signifiers rather than the more traditional measures of money and power. This is convenient for the conservative/Tea Party political agenda of gutting the social safety net, deregulating financial markets, and giving tax cuts to the rich in the name of “anti-elitism.”