90s Seventeen Magazine Quiz: Do You Have Too Much Attitude?

Take this quiz as it appeared in the November 1996 edition of Seventeen magazine, because if there's anything that defines the 90s, it's attitude. Here's the original description as it appeared in the magazine: "Is your too-cool act making you totally intolerable? Take this quiz to find out if you need to tone down the 'tude."

Fusion
Created by Fusion
On May 21, 2015

At 11 pm it occurs to you that you promised to bake brownies for tomorrow's homeroom fund-raiser for the needy. You...

Your all-time favorite place to shop is your best friend's closet. She has the coolest (and most wallet-friendly) stuff and always lends you whatever, whenever. When she asks whether she could borrow your beloved J. Crew turtleneck, you...

A girl you've never [met] in your life [says] "What's up?," sits down at your lunch table and starts unpacking her Hello Kitty lunch box. You...

Desperate for dough (since you pretty much bought the Gap's entire fall line), you score a job scooping ice cream at Just for Licks. On the first day, your boss asks you to mop on the floor. You...

Your best friend's mom is making her work a shift at their church's Rummage for Religion sale on Saturday afternoon. You...

Your mom, stuck with a pile of paperwork at the office, asks you to babysit your little brother until she can unchain herself from her desk. You, however, have plans to see 'Romeo and Juliet' with your beau. You...

Your Aunt Julie gives you a pair of mittens that she knitted, unaware that yellow is just not your color. You...

Your teacher asks you to tutor a fellow student in trig since you scored an A on your last exam. You...

One of the guys on the football team, who isn't exactly your type (or even your type's most distant relative), asks you if you want to be his date for winter formal. You answer...

Your cousin, who wears her pet python around her neck wherever she goes, is staying at your house for the weekend. When your mom asks you to take her to your best friend's birthday bash, you...

Big, Bad Attitude

Big, Bad Attitude

"Okay. To put it, um, mildly, your head's so big it could pretty much block an Imax movie screen. Stop acting like you discovered a cure for cancer and listen up: The world does not revolve around you. You can't be mean to people just because you (and only you) think you're the coolest, the most intelligent or whatever. Your disrespect for others is scary and will only lead to your downfall (or at least your total lack of pals and loved ones). Better tone down the 'tude right away. "

Whew, that's some real tough love from Rentmeester. One could even say she's dishing out a little attitude of her own! More objectively, on a scale of Willow to Evil Angel (on the totally scientific 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' scale), you're a Season 3 Cordelia. Just know that you're a beautiful soul even if you're a Hello Kitty hater. And don't forget your pleases and thank yous!

That said, while this quiz is clearly meant to be taken lightly, as a semi-grown woman, I can’t help but bristle at the fact that its larger message is that girls basically just need to be nice. Sometimes a little 'tude can go a long way.

'Tude-in-Training

'Tude-in-Training

"You dish out the attitude at times, but you also harbor some healthy pangs of guilt that keep you from completely dissing the people you care about (like, your friends and family, maybe?). Still, you might want to think about putting a lid on the semiprincess routine entirely and calling to mind the basics of social skills. Play nice. Think more about what you say and do (and whom you say and do it to) because if you don't, your "I'm kinda cool" edge may eventually end up cutting you."

You may be catching some flack from Rentmeester, but on a scale from Screech to Spano (on the super scientific 'Saved by the Bell' characters system), you're a Lisa Turtle. At least you have heart!

That said, while this quiz is clearly meant to be taken lightly, as a semi-grown woman, I can’t help but bristle at the fact that its larger message is that girls basically just need to be nice. Sometimes a little 'tude can go a long way.

Straight-Up Sister

Straight-Up Sister

"You're confident—but not so full of yourself that you can't keep your mouth shut when the situation requires. If your boss asks you to make like Ms. Clean, you don't have a total conniption: You know that getting dirty is sometimes (unfortunately) part of the job. Your good attitude must win you tons of friends not to mention the admiration of your parents and teachers. And isn't being nice worth it when you get great treatment from others?"

Congratulations! You're a great person whose attitude is in check, but just because you're not a total snob doesn't mean you don't know how to stand up for yourself. You make Topanga proud.

That said, while this quiz is clearly meant to be taken lightly, as a semi-grown woman, I can’t help but bristle at the fact that its larger message is that girls basically just need to be nice. Sometimes a little 'tude can go a long way.