The History of the Quiz

Friday, March 28, 2014


The BuzzFeed quiz is ubiquitous; it seems as irresistible as it is inescapable. But when did we first start taking quizzes? Writer Sarah Laskow recently embarked on a quest to find out. She takes Brooke through her search for the Ur Quiz.

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Sarah Laskow

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [4]

zara from Amarica

1. Say your name 10 times.
2. Say your mom's name 5 times.
3. Say your crush's name 3 times.
4. Paste this to 4 other quizzes. If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday, but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck! SEND THIS TO 5 QUIZZES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS

Jun. 10 2014 03:40 PM
carolyn o'brien from philadelphia

You missed the point—people aren't interested in what these surveys tell us about ourselves. BuzzFeed quizzes are for the most part, propagated by social media. The process of sharing the quizz and posting results is far more focused on advertising results to others and resultant image projection. After all, you are the (hopefully exotic and interesting) country BuzzFeed says you are.

Mar. 31 2014 01:32 PM
Bill Chapman from White Stone, VA

Given the amount of time that you spent talking about these online quizzes and what they may or may not tell us about ourselves, I was dismayed that you didn't mention how much they DO tell data mining marketers about us! That's the real story.

Mar. 30 2014 06:14 PM
Ralph Samuel from Philadelphia

Quizzes are so idiotic they are not even fun.

Mar. 30 2014 12:31 PM

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