USC speech

January 9, 2008

MQ test

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admirable : deserving respect or approval  • appreciate : be thankful for  • argument : a disagreement, or the process of disagreeing  • arrogant : unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people  • delegate : to give a particular job, duty, right, etc. to someone else so that they do it for you  • easygoing : relaxed and not easily upset or worried  • flattered : to feel very pleased and proud because someone has said good things about you or has made you feel important  • generous : willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected  • give me a hard time : make things difficult for me  • interfere : to involve yourself in a situation when your involvement is not wanted or is not helpful  • interrupt : to stop a person from speaking for a short period by something you say or do, or to stop something from happening for a short period  • introvert : someone who is shy, quiet and unable to make friends easily  •jerk : a stupid person, usually a man  • lose yourself in : be so engrossed in something that you forget yourself  • make up : to forgive someone and be friendly with them again after an argument or disagreement  • normal : ordinary or usual; the same as would be expected  • not a big deal : to not be a serious problem  • not necessarily : not in every case  • outrageous : describes something or someone that is shocking because they are unusual or strange  • piss me off : make me annoyed or angry  • put upon : to be treated badly by someone who takes advantage of your wish to be helpful  • reasonable : based on or using good judgment and therefore fair and practical  • refute : to say or prove that a person, statement, opinion, etc. is wrong or false  • screw up : to make a mistake, or to spoil something  • split the bill : share the cost of paying for goods or services at a restaurant or other shop  • superior : better than average or better than other people or things of the same type  • surround : to be everywhere around something  • task : a piece of work to be done, especially one done regularly, unwillingly or with difficulty  • unbearable : too painful or unpleasant for you to continue to experience  • uneasy : describes a situation or condition that makes people slightly anxious, often because it may not continue successfully  • uptight : worried or nervous and not able to relax  • values : the beliefs people have about what is right and wrong and what is most important in life, which control their behavior  • violent : using force to hurt or attack


01 How often do you lose yourself in the moment?

A Hardly ever. I’m pretty uptight.

B Sometimes. Especially when I’m very happy.

C Often, but I don’t think it’s a big deal.

What does it take to make you lose yourself in something? What are you like in that kind of situation? Do you think it is a good thing for this to happen? What do you do when you are very happy? Have you ever cried out of happiness?

02 How do you feel about spending money on other people?

A I’m pretty generous to most people.

B It depends. I’m very generous to good friends, but not necessarily to anyone else.

C I’m not that willing to spend money on other people unless they do the same for me.

Do you think you spend more on your friends or your friends spend more on you? When you go out with friends, do you tend to split the bill? What is your attitude about who should pay on a date? What is the most money you have ever spent on a gift? What is the most expensive gift you have ever received?

03 Do you spend a lot of time out with friends?

A Quite a bit. We are often doing stuff together.

B I don’t have many friends, but we’re very close.

C I’m pretty introverted, and don’t have many friends.

What do you usually do when you go out with friends? How many close friends of the opposite sex do you have? Do you have any unusual friends? How long have you known your best friend? Why do you think this person became your best friend?





04 How often do you get angry at other people?

A Rarely. I’m pretty easygoing.

B I don’t often lose my temper unless somebody is really unbearable.

C People are always pissing me off. 

How do you usually act when you are angry? Have you ever gotten so angry that you became violent? Whom do you most often get angry at? What kind of situation most easily makes you lose your temper? How often do you make other people angry at you?

05 Do you feel that you are surrounded by jerks?

A Not at all. Almost everybody around me could be my friend.

B There are a few. But as long as they stay away, there’s no big problem.

C You’ve got that right! Everybody around me just seems to give me a hard time.

What is your definition of a “jerk”? Who is the biggest jerk you know? Have you ever had to work closely with or live together with someone whom you thought was a jerk? How often do you act like a jerk? What types of people would it be impossible for you to be friends with?

06 When other people are speaking, do you interrupt them?

A No. I will listen until they are finished and only then say what I think.

B If the person speaks too slowly or says something outrageous, I may want to interrupt.

C When I hear something that I disagree with, I can’t resist interrupting to refute it.

How good a listener do you think you are? Do you tend to do more speaking or listening during conversations? Who is the best listener you know? What do they do besides just listening that makes you feel they are good listeners—for example, showing that they are interested by asking questions, etc? How do you react when other people interrupt you? How do you feel about having conversations interrupted by the other person taking a phone call?

07 How often do you get into arguments with other people?

A Rarely. I seem almost never to get into arguments with other people.

B Not too often. Only in situations where someone really needs to be corrected.

C I think everybody should express disagreement freely, so we can know the truth.

About what topics are you most likely to get into an argument with someone? Do you think that you usually win the arguments that you get into? When you have a disagreement with a friend, are you usually the one who tries to make up? Have you ever lost a friend because of an argument?

08 Do you feel that you are superior to most people?

A Not especially. Everybody has their own good and bad points, so it’s hard to say one person is “better” than another.

B Some people are admirable, but there are quite a few useless people around as well.

C To be perfectly honest, yes. Most people could learn a lot from me.

What do you think is your strongest point as a person? In the last few years, do you think you have improved yourself much? In what areas do you think you most need to improve? Have you ever been accused of being arrogant? Do you particularly dislike arrogant people? What types of people do you often find to be arrogant—for example, Americans or politicians?





09 Do you feel uneasy delegating tasks to other people?

A Not particularly. There’s always someone who can do a task as well as I do.

B I feel uneasy with certain people who seem to always screw things up.

C Yes. Most people won’t do a good job.

When you delegate tasks to other people, is it usually because you are too lazy to do them or yourself, or some other reason? How do you usually feel when other people ask you for help—flattered or put upon? What kind of tasks would you never delegate to someone else, and why?

10 Do you often feel that your values are different from most people’s?

A Everybody has a different things they consider important, but there’s nothing that makes one person’s values better than someone else’s.

B Most people share the same values with me, but there are some who are just stupid or crazy.

C I often wonder why so many people can’t think normally like I do, but think such ridiculous things are important.

In what ways do you think you are most different from most people? Do you think your values are very similar to those of your peers? Has a difference in values ever caused problems between you and someone in your family or someone else very close to you? What are two or three of your most important values—for example, a good family life, having a lot of money, always being honest, etc?

11 If you saw someone doing something the wrong way, what would you probably do?

A I would just let them learn from their own mistakes without interfering.

B If I thought they would appreciate my help, I would teach them the right way.

C I would show them the right way for their own good.

If you were doing something wrong, would you want somebody to tell you? How would you want to be told? In what skill or area of knowledge do you think you have the most to teach other people? How good a teacher do you think you would be?

12 If a friend took you to a restaurant and you thought the food wasn’t very good, what would you probably do?

A I would keep my opinion to myself.

B I wouldn’t say anything unless my friend seemed to also think the food wasn’t very good.

C I would say what I thought about the food.

Do you tend to be the one to choose which restaurant to go to when you go out to eat with friends? What type of restaurants do you tend to choose? What is your favorite type of food? What restaurants would you recommend and why?


Do you know anybody that you think is unlikable? Why do you dislike this person? Do many other people like this person? What do you think they like about this person?


How to score:  1 point for each “a” answer • 3 points for each “b” answer • 5 points for each “c” answer

Less than 24 points

50cc motorcycle:  You are very easy-going, and greet everyone with a smile. You don’t easily offend other people. Sometimes, though, because you are too naïve and don’t have a strong will of your own, when you have something to say it may be difficult to persuade others to agree with your viewpoint. You may be deterred by a need to live up to your own image, or may not be forceful enough in expressing yourself.

24 to 36 points

125cc motorcycle:  You deliberately create an impression of being personable and like to show off your authority in areas of where reasoning count. In this way, you hope to use your powers of reason to persuade others around you to give you more respect. However, as you are not adept at manipulating people’s impressions this way, if you try to force the issue your efforts may end up backfiring.

36 to 48 points

400cc motorcycle:  You handle matters smoothly, drawing on your experience and wisdom. Though you don’t deliberately set out to haggle with people, you unconsciously convey your sense of superiority. That is not necessarily a drawback, as knowing when to press the matter and when to hold your fire, as well as your ability to handle matters with alacrity can add to your reputation and charisma. However, you may lose your reasonableness over the long-term with people and situations that conflict with your way of thinking.

More than 48 points

1000cc motorcycle:  You like to keep everything in the realm of reason, and insist on many things not being open for compromise. For you, “there’s no halfway with things that are right.” However, people around you may be split in their opinion of you. Being sure of yourself is all for the good, but your error is in being oppressive with your opinions—even though you may not realize you are doing this. Even if someone confronts you, don’t lose your cool. It may not be the case that they can’t see reason, but simply that they cannot stand your conceited attitude.




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