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Quiz: How Self-Sufficient Are You?

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Being independent has been a big deal for a few decades now. Destiny’s Child rode the wave of the buzzword at the turn of the century, and we haven’t let go of the dream.

We all would like to believe that we could make it just fine without an emergency phone call to a parent, ex, or total stranger that would charge an arm and a leg for a simple service. Well, let’s test that theory out. Grab a pen and give yourself 4 points for every skill you’ve mastered.

  1. Can you change a flat tire?
  2. Can you give yourself a haircut?
  3. Do you know how to sew on a button?
  4. Can you properly hem a skirt or pair of pants?
  5. Do you know what to do, and can you act, when you get a cut, burn, or scrape?
  6. Do you know how to check the oil in your car?
  7. Can you get non-pet visitors like frogs, roaches, and mice out of your space?
  8. Do you know how to light the pilot on your stove? What about in your oven?
  9. Can you change a lightbulb? What about the ones with fixtures that need to be unscrewed, and then replaced?
  10. Do you know what to do when your toilet won’t flush?
  11. Can you attractively wrap a gift?
  12. Do you know how to put out a fire? And do you know when a fire extinguisher is – and is not – a good idea?
  13. Do you know how to do laundry?
  14. Can you troubleshoot computer and networking issues on your own, without the help of the internet?
  15. Do you know how to get to and from work, home, the grocery store, a doctor’s office, the hospital, and the police station using public transportation?
  16. Can you afford to live on your own with your current income? If you had to move out on your own tomorrow – paying the first and last month’s rent plus security deposit – could you do it?
  17. Do you know how to jump start a car? If you own a car, do you have jumper cables in it?
  18. Can you put together an appropriate outfit for any occasion without assistance? Interviews, days at the office, casual Fridays, concerts, school plays, beach days, movie nights, balls, and workout sessions included.
  19. Can you drive a car with a manual shift?
  20. Can you prepare a 3-course meal without any recipes?
  21. Do you know how to properly fold a fitted sheet?
  22. Can you assemble furniture on your own?
  23. Do you know how to fix a leaky faucet?
  24. Can you find ways to legally make money without a job?
  25. Tally up your points and find out where you stand.

90-100: You’re pretty darn self sufficient. You can work your way out of any situation.

80-89: You’ve got some skills, and they’ll keep you going for a bit, but it wouldn’t hurt to learn a few things.

70-79: You could survive on your own… For a while. Not for a long time, but probably long enough for someone to come along and rescue you.

60-69: You’ve still got a lot to learn, and the sooner the better.


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