Are you Spanish or American? A quiz

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For those cross-culturally confused souls who really aren’t sure whether they’re from Spain or North America, we offer a short quiz (answers below):

1. How many continents are there in the world?

2. How many lives does a cat have?

3. What country was Christopher Columbus from?

4. Was Francis Drake a pirate or an explorer?

5. What event happened in 1898?

6. Who is Boney M and Suzi Quatro?

7. Would you rather go to a crowded bar with bad decor or a bar with empty seats and good decor?

8. Who cooks better: the French or your mother?

9. How do you respond to the question “How are you?”

10. Did Jesus have blonde or brown hair?

11. If someone puts two fingers behind your head while you’re having your photo taken, what do the fingers represent?

12. What was the best Monty Python movie?

13. What animal laid a golden egg?

14. Do you like black licorice (regaliz)?

15. How are your parents doing?


Answers

1. How many continents are there in the world?
You’re Spanish if you answered: 5 continents (North and South America are one continent; Antarctica doesn’t make the cut.)
You’re American if you answered: 7 continents

2. How many lives does a cat have?
Spanish: 7 lives
American: 9 lives (and in Spain Tuesday the 13th is the unlucky day, not Friday)

3. What country was Christopher Columbus from?
Spanish: You mean Cristobal Colón, right? He was born in Spain.
American: Italian

4. Was Francis Drake a pirate or an explorer?
Spanish: Pirate
American: Explorer

5. What event happened in 1898?
Spanish: “War of Independence” (the Spanish Empire ended as Cuba and the Philippines declared independence).
American: “Spanish-American War” (the USA claimed dibs on Cuba and the Philippines)

6. Who is Boney M and Suzi Quatro?
Spanish: American hitmakers of the seventies (Ottowan, Jennifer Rush?)
American: Who? Never heard of them. Let me check… says here the guy was French.

7. Would you rather go to a crowded bar with bad decor or a bar with empty seats and good decor?
Spanish: Crowded bar
American: Give me the empty seat

8. Who cooks better: the French or your mother?
Spanish: My mother
American: The French

9. How do you respond to the question “How are you?”
Spanish: “Hoy me duelen un poco los riñones, porque parece que va a cambiar el tiempo…”
American: “OK, and you?”

10. Did Jesus have blonde or brown hair?
Spanish: Blonde hair.
American: Brown hair.

11. If someone puts two fingers behind your head while you’re having your photo taken, what do the fingers represent?
Spanish: The horns of a cow.
American: Martian antennae.

12. What was the best Monty Python movie?
Spanish: La Vida de Brian.
American: The Holy Grail.

13. What animal laid a golden egg?
Spanish: A chicken.
American: A goose.

14. Do you like black licorice (regaliz)?
Spanish: I love it.
American: Awful — I used to give the black jelly beans to Dad.

15. How are your parents doing?
Spanish: Well, they cook and help with the kids, but my mother drives me crazy — she calls 3 times a day.
American: They’re keeping busy — church events, shows, trips — I call them every month or so.


So don’t believe everything you learned in grade school. (And if you’re a Spanish cat, tough luck.)

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