How Woke Are You? The Ultimate Cultural Awareness Quiz 

Are you hyper-woke, just the right amount, or just waking up? Find out with my how woke are you quiz, chuckle & reflect. #StayWokeOrNot

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Hello culture vultures! Ever stumbled upon a Twitter (I mean, X) thread and thought, “Wait, what’s this now? And why’s everyone so heated about it?” Welcome to the world of ‘woke’! It seems that in today’s world, everything can be too offensive and any of your friends might take it the wrong way. In fact, these days, it’s better to be silent than say something at a party! But I’m getting ahead of myself. So let’s break it down.

Woke culture originally sprouted from the African American Vernacular English expression “stay woke”. In its nascent stage, it was a call to remain vigilant to social and political injustices, especially those rooted in race. Over time, as most things do (looking at you, grunge fashion from the ’90s), it evolved. It sauntered, sashayed, and yes, tripped its way into mainstream youth culture. 

It’s interesting to see how woke our younger generation is, especially when it comes to gender issues, racism and environmental concerns. Many podcasts, news pieces and videos these days explore how woke society is, dissecting both the advantages and the potential pitfalls.

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However, thanks to the internet’s (namely Twitter’s) superpower of blowing things up, “woke” began spanning wider topics of gender, environment, social rights, and even your choice of toast and morning coffee. Yep, people view everything under the woke microscope now!

But, like that green chilli that’s too flavorful to handle, there’s such a thing as being too woke, also dubbed “hyper-wokeness”. Think people boycotting a brand for an ad that featured a little girl eating a banana because it might symbolize pedophilia. Or getting in a heated debate about the potential feelings of your houseplants. (Do they cry when you’re not looking? Who knows?)

Personally, ever since I also started noticing how quickly people get offended both online and offline, I’ve been diving deep into topics that test how woke I truly am. And so as we navigate this maze of cultural awareness, occasional over-awareness, and just plain “Huh?” moments, we present the ultimate test: How “Woke” Are You? Dive in, have a laugh, reflect a tad, and remember — it’s all in the name of fun… and maybe a dash of enlightenment!

Quiz: How “Woke” Are You?

Ever wondered if you’re on the pulse of cultural awareness or if you’ve ascended to the level of “hyper-woke”? Dive in and discover where you land on the “woke” spectrum.

Are you offensive, politically correct or plain annoying? Let’s find out!

Talking about mental health awareness?
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I'm on a ten-day retreat about this next month!
It's as important as physical health.
It’s like, being sad right?
Everyone’s too soft nowadays

Correct!

Wrong!

Your jam from the '00s gets flagged for having questionable lyrics. How do you feel?
00s song gets flagged for having questionable lyrics
I always knew it! Delete from playlist immediately.
A bit conflicted, but understand times have changed.
A little defensive, but willing to hear the argument.
Ugh, more nitpicking! Still gonna blast it in my car.

Correct!

Wrong!

You hear someone say, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job, race doesn’t matter.” Your response?
I believe the most qualified person should get the job race doesnt matter.
This perspective ignores systemic racism and perpetuates the myth of meritocracy!
While hard work is crucial, we can't overlook societal barriers some people face.
It’s a fair statement, isn’t it? Everyone should work hard.
Why does everything have to be about race? Everyone can succeed if they work hard.

Correct!

Wrong!

Your friend wears a traditional dress or hairstyle from another culture to a party. How do you react?
Your friend wears a traditional dress or hairstyle
Call them out publicly on X or Instagram, complete with hashtags and infographics!
Chat with them privately about cultural sensitivity.
Think it might be off, but stay quiet.
Comment on how cool and exotic it looks.

Correct!

Wrong!

You're discussing gender pronouns. Your stance?
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Messing up someone's pronouns is a cardinal sin! You need to get them right everywhere and also tell others. Loudly if needed.
It’s all about respect and understanding. You try your best to learn what others around you want to be addressed as.
Wait, there’s something other than 'he' and 'she'?
Why is everyone so sensitive now? And why do people care what they’re addressed as behind their backs?

Correct!

Wrong!

The classic Disney Snow White gets called out for being outdated. Your take?
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I’ve been saying this for years! Toss it! Time for a cultural revamp.
Appreciate its historical context, but acknowledge it doesn't fit modern values.
Sigh. Why is childhood nostalgia under attack? It seems like everything old is suddenly problematic.
Seriously? It’s a fairy tale! People need to chill.

Correct!

Wrong!

A coworker says they're vegan. Your response?
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I've been vegan since before it was cool, and I also only drink rainwater. Also, I probably care more about the planet than you do.
That's awesome! It’s great for the environment.
That's like, just eating salads, right?
Don’t plants feel pain too? Leaf them alone!

Correct!

Wrong!

Someone makes an off-color joke at dinner. How do you react?
Someone makes an off-color joke at dinner
Public shaming time! Record it and blast it on Twitter with their full name.
Gently explain why the joke might be hurtful.
Chuckle uncomfortably and change the topic.
Burst out laughing and ask for another one!

Correct!

Wrong!

You hear avocados are causing deforestation. How do you react?
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Boycott avocados and tell everyone about it.
Cut down on avocado consumption, and choose sustainable options.
Feel guilty for a moment, then forget about it.
Extra guac on my burrito, please!

Correct!

Wrong!

A blockbuster film gets criticized for whitewashing its cast. You:
A blockbuster film gets criticized for whitewashing its cast
Boycott the film, the director, and write an op-ed!
Recognize the importance of representation and decide to watch something else.
Wonder why it's a big fuss.
Think it's all political correctness gone mad and just watch the movie.

Correct!

Wrong!

Define 'woke':
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Someone who's enlightened about every social issue and helps make people aware about it too. 24/7.
Being aware of and sensitive to societal issues and injustices.
Something to do with not sleeping? Or being alert?
A fancy new term for political correctness. More like a way for people to act superior.

Correct!

Wrong!

You hear of a protest for a social cause in your city. You?
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Make the loudest sign and lead the march!
Support, maybe attend after understanding the cause or at least catch up on all the news.
Ignore it, no matter what the cause.
It's just people wanting attention.

Correct!

Wrong!

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And don’t forget, even though I gave a lot of thought in creating this quiz, it isn’t the end-all-be-all of your cultural awareness journey. No quiz can fully capture the depth of an individual’s understanding and empathy. So, remember to stay hungry for knowledge, keeping an open heart to diverse perspectives and experiences. And hey, after you’ve gauged your “wokeness” level, why not spark a discussion? So please share your results, strike up conversations, and challenge your friends too (and those relatives whose words definitely sting more often than not).

So what result did you get? Do let me know in the comments below.

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