Monday, October 15, 2007

Another post for Wiccans: here's a simple reality quiz

I recently went to a public circle in the area, whose name I'm not going to write since they have an internet presence, and found what could be a nightmare in itself: the people there were vapid and seemingly ignorant of the world outside of neo-Wicca (currently understood as popular Wicca), socially maladjusted, Society for Creative Anachronism refugees. Fixating on Wicca books does not a well rounded person make, so I've assembled a little test to see whether or not people who are very much into Wicca are in touch with the greater reality surrounding them. Oh, in case people find this page there are a number of open circles in the Seattle area and I've been to several.

So here it goes:

1. What do you think about the Iraq war?

2. What is your opinion of the 2000 election?

3. In a few sentences, can you express what free trade and globalization are about?

4. What do you think of the role of corporations in our society?

5. Are you concerned about increasing pollution, and if so can you name three types of pollution and several practices besides using automobiles that contribute to it?

6, What is the PATRIOT Act?

7. Why have I capitalized the letters in the word "Patriot"?

8. Do you have an opinion on immigration?

9. Have you recently read a work of fiction outside of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre? If so, what?

10. Have you ever taken a class in the humanities or social sciences on any educational level from High School up? If so, what? Can you remember some of the books you read or the concepts from the topics you studies?

11. Do you think that your behavior could easily be explained by Freudian analysis?

Ok, the last one was a throw away question, but I think you get the drift. The grading scale for the quiz is as follows: if you've answered no to any of the questions you fail, and if you're unable to give cogent, succinct, answers to any question except the one on Globalization you fail. The PATRIOT Act capitalization is a trick question so not being able to answer it doesn't mean you fail.

Failing means that you need to read some newspapers, read a magazine dealing with current events,
follow issues, and read some actual literature besides Science Fiction or Fantasy.

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