Which Progressive Reformer Are You?

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Which Progressive Reformer Are You? - Quiz

In the Progressive Era there were lots of men and women who wanted to improve society. Take this short quiz to figure out which reformer you are most similar to.


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Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist who sought to educate the public about the horrors of lynching in the South. Wells was frustrated by the inaction of many progressives to address the problems of racial violence in the South, so she used her writing as a method of resistance. Just like Wells, you are smart, passionate, and unafraid to speak your mind if you see injustice. 

Upton Sinclair

You got Upton Sinclair! Sinclair is one of the most famous progressives because of his famous book The Jungle, which played a vital part in the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. Like Sinclair, you believe that people have a right to know what is in the products they buy. You also believe that the written word can be equally as powerful as marches or other forms of protest.

Theodore Roosevelt

You got Teddy Roosevelt! TR was president from 1901-1909. He was famous for creating the National Parks System and for breaking apart large businesses (trusts and monopolies). Just like President Roosevelt you are a no-nonsense type of person. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. You're not afraid to fight (literally) for what you believe in, and you don't let anyone take advantage of you.

Susan B. Anthony

You got Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was a suffragist and a key figure in the women's movement. She was arrested in 1872 for voting, despite it being illegal for women to participate in national elections. She was a key figure in fighting for passage of the 19th Amendment, though she died before it was passed. Just like Susan B. Anthony you believe that everyone, regardless of gender, should be treated equally before the law. You're not afraid to march, protest, or potentially even be arrested for what you think is right.

Woodrow Wilson

You got Woodrow Wilson! Woodrow Wilson was president from 1913-1921. He is most famous for serving as president during World War I. Wilson developed the "Fourteen Points" which aimed to prevent another war in the future. Wilson wanted independence for European countries, a reduction of militarization in Europe, and a League of Nations. Just like Wilson you are an idealist. You think the world can be a better, peaceful place if people are willing to work together. 

Ida Tarbell

You got Ida Tarbell! Ida Tarbell is most famous for her book, The History of the Standard Oil Company, which exposed the many of the corrupt practices of John D. Rockefeller's company. Her work led to important business regulations to prevent monopolies and to protect workers. Just like Ida Tarbell, you believe that big business should have some restrictions on them to ensure that prices and working conditions are fair. You believe that the written word can lead to huge changes. Tarbell went undercover to get the information for her book, so just like her, you are willing to be a little sneaky and devious if it means you can bring positive change.

Jacob Riis

You got Jacob Riis! Jacob Riis is famous for his book The Shame of Our Cities, which contained a series of photos exposing the horrible living conditions in big cities like New York. Riis' work helped to get important reforms passed to make cities safer and more sanitary. He also showed how big the gap was between the rich and the poor in the United States. Like Riis you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. You also care deeply about the less fortunate and want more people to pay attention to poverty and homelessness.

Jane Addams

Jane Addams is famous for founding "Hull House" in Chicago, IL. Hull House was designed to help new immigrants assimilate into American culture. Jane Addams helped immigrants by helping immigrants find jobs and learn English, and she also provided childcare so immigrant parents could find work. Like Jane Addams, you are passionate about issues facing immigrants into the United States. You believe that America is a country of immigrants and that anyone, regardless of their national origin, can achieve the American Dream. You are not the type to run for office or write a book, but you believe that helping people is equally as powerful as other methods of protest.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following issues are you most passionate about?
    • A. 

      Business Corruption

    • B. 

      Food policy (GMO's, factory farming, nutrition, etc.)

    • C. 

      Environmental Issues

    • D. 

      Gender Equality

    • E. 

      Racial Equality

    • F. 

      Immigration Issues

    • G. 

      Poverty and Homelessness

    • H. 

      World Peace

  • 2. 
    Which method would you use to achieve change in the United States?
    • A. 

      Run for office!

    • B. 

      March, Protest, and Call my senators

    • C. 

      Take pictures and post them on social media to expose the problem

    • D. 

      Volunteer with organizations that address issues I care about

    • E. 

      I'll raise hell and start a fight if I have to!

    • F. 

      I'd subtweet all of the people who I think are bad for the country.

    • G. 

      I'd make a throwaway Reddit username and write a detailed, angry post about the issue.

    • H. 

      I'd write about it on my blog and share it with my senators.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is your worst nightmare?
    • A. 

      A world where people are poisoned by the food they eat.

    • B. 

      A world that is so polluted you can't go outside.

    • C. 

      A world where big business can do whatever they want.

    • D. 

      A world where there is no diversity.

    • E. 

      A world where racial violence goes unnoticed and unpunished

    • F. 

      A world that is constantly at war.

    • G. 

      A world where women have no rights.

    • H. 

      A world where half of the population is homeless.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following sounds like a place you would you want to live?
    • A. 

      A simple family home in the Deep South

    • B. 

      A small apartment in a city so I can be close to work

    • C. 

      A large family apartment in New York City

    • D. 

      A big house filled with family, friends, and visitors

    • E. 

      A large estate in Virginia

    • F. 

      By myself in a house in Massachusetts

    • G. 

      I'll live wherever my work takes me

    • H. 

      A nice house in California where I can work from home

  • 5. 
    Which career seems most interesting to you?
    • A. 

      Undercover police officer

    • B. 

      National Geographic Photographer

    • C. 

      Military officer

    • D. 

      Safari Guide

    • E. 

      College Professor

    • F. 

      Newspaper columnist

    • G. 

      Social Worker / Foster Care Case Worker

    • H. 

      Political Campaign Worker or Political Lobbyist

    • I. 

      Historical Fiction Author

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