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Quiz: Which Forgotten Literary Family Member Are You?

By Sahasra Nistala

  1. How would you describe yourself?

  2. Loved

  3. Ignored for the most part

  4. Plain of countenance and uncouth in manner

  5. …symbolic

  6. What is your favorite type of music?

  7. Vintage record-type stuff

  8. Who has time to listen to music when there’s so much drama going on?

  9. The rousing chords of the pianoforte

  10. Birdsong and the burbling of playful brooks

  11. What is your greatest strength?

  12. My well-timed bursts of emotional maturity

  13. My cuteness

  14. I’m well-read

  15. I can talk to animals!

  16. How do you spend an average day?

  17. Acing all my tests at school, then coming home and finishing my novel

  18. Wondering where the heck everybody went

  19. Eliciting derision from literally everybody I meet

  20. Frolicking in the woods

  21. What’s your biggest problem?

  22. I can’t spell basic words

  23. Everyone expects me to grow up a fool

  24. Again, I’m plain of countenance and uncouth in manner

  25. I’m perfect. It’s society that has problems

  26. What’s your family’s biggest problem?

  27. My sibling is angsty, misunderstood, and possibly trapped in a weird coming-of-age-arc. Not me, though.

  28. There seems to be something big, but no one ever tells me anything.

  29. Rougeish, untrustworthy men of status and wealth

  30. We’re social outcasts, and it’s all because of me.

  31. What’s going to happen when you grow up?

  32. I’ll succeed at whatever I decide to do

  33. I’ll probably have a trust fund, unless my parents manage to mess that up too

  34. Everyone will turn their noses up at me

  35. I will shed my childhood innocence and conform to social standards


Mostly A’s: You’re Phoebe Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye! You’re smart, both academically and emotionally, and generally admired. You spend most of your time thinking about something other than ducks, making you a far better choice for narrator than Holden. But we digress.

Mostly B’s: You’re Pammy Buchanan, better known as Tom and Daisy’s toddler who shows up, like, once in The Great Gatsby. People ignore you for the most part, and you never seem to be kept in the loop. Don’t let that discourage you, though—you’re smarter than you let on.

Mostly C’s: You’re Mary Bennet of Pride and Prejudice! You’re book-smart, but you seriously need to work on those social skills. And maybe get some pianoforte lessons. It’ll go a long way, trust me. 

Mostly D’s: You’re Pearl Prynne of The Scarlet Letter! Though society has it out for you, you don’t let that get in the way of your passions. Like playing in the dirt with wild animals. We’ll leave you to it. 


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