Take the Satirical Quiz

Take the Satirical Quiz A Fictional Functional Family

  • Which of the following would best define Freedom of Speech?
    • Being able to read everything on the internet without paying for any of the content?
    • Not being sure whether Bigots should be able to argue their prejudices anonymously on the internet.
    • Offending all manner of people without fear of being killed
    • Hiding behind worn out stereotypes to conceal ignorance and/or prejudice
  • A terrorist is:
    • A heavily armed, dangerous person/s deemed to be an enemy. They all wear black hats for easy identification.
    • A hero is a heavily armed person/s deemed to be a good guy that does dangerous things. They all wear white hats for easy identification.
    • Oxford Dictionary: ‘A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims: late 18th century: from French terroriste, from Latin terror. The word was originally applied to supporters of the Jacobins in the French Revolution, who advocated repression and violence in pursuit of the principles of democracy and equality’.
    • The definition depends which side you are on - possibly influenced by the whether the side you have chosen is winning or losing
  • A massacre - the killing of lots of people defined as being:
    • the recent killings in France that got masses of media attention
    • the mass killing of an estimated 2,000 Nigerians by Boko Haram that got minimum media attention
    • Numbers do not mean anything it is the horror that counts
    • It only really counts as a massacre if some of those who died come from the same country as you
  • Sarcasm is often mistaken for Satire. The difference is:
    • Sarcasm is always funny when it is directed at other people but never nice when you are the target
    • Sarcasm is a knife, satire a fork and comedy a spoon
    • Sarcasm is often used to disguise ignorance
    • A great way to start a fight
  • Fundamentalism in all its various forms is often the target of satire because:
    • There is usually not a lot of fun in fundamentalism
    • It is so riddled with hypocrisy it leaves itself wide open to ridicule
    • Fundamentalists of all types could readily meet at their polarising views and find
    • Example: The non-believers on arriving in Heaven are told to keep the noise they have much in common, particularly the notion that they are superior down as they believers think they are the only ones there.
  • Satire is:
    • The movie Spinal Tap is a serious film that does not in any way shape or form
    • Oxford Dictionary: ‘The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose satirise rock music and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues’
    • The satirist is a shy person who only emerges late at night after a few drinks
    • Satire is funny when it is about someone else’s ideals, beliefs, religion, politics or sport but not nice when it threatens to undermine your own belief structure

If you answered with mostly A’s then you are a simple soul who means well in a harmless sort of way. If you got B’s then you will recognise satire when it is pointed out to you. Those scoring C’s understand the value of satire while those with only D’s may be offended but puzzled and unsure exactly why.

Terry Sarten is a writer, musician, social worker and card carrying Satirista. Feedback: tgs@inspire.net.nz

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