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New Internationalist Issue281

Issue 281


It's not what you make, it's the way that you make it: how do earn your living?

[tick no more than two]

a) Benefits/welfare
b) Monthly Salary
c) Freelance/contracts
d) Weekly Wage
e) Piecework
f) Dividends on shares
g) Interest on deposits
h) Rent
i) Gambling
j) Profits (self-employed)
k) 'Black'/informal economy
l) Commission
m) Royalties
n) Speculation (shares/property/ currency etc...)
o) Begging


How much do you expect your real annual earnings to increase/decrease over the next five years?

[tick one]

a) At least treble
b) Double
c) Increase by about a half
d) Increase by about a third
e) Increase by about a tenth
f) Neither increase nor decrease
g) Decrease


What is the total limit of all the credit and charge cards that you can draw on?

[tick one]

a) More than $30,000
b) $20,001-$30,000
c) $10,001-$20,000
d) $5,001-$10,000
e) $2,501-$5,000
f) $1,001-$2,500
g) Up to $1,000
h) No credit or charge cards


What is the value of money or property you have already inherited or expect to inherit?

[tick one]

a) More than $1,000,000
b) $500,001-$1,000,000
c) $250,001-$500,000
d) $100,001-$250,000
e) $50,001-$100,000
f) $5,001-$50,000
g) less than $5,000
h) nothing


Are you better off than your parents?

[tick one]

a) A lot better off
b) A little wealthier
c) Neither wealthier nor poorer
d) A little poorer
e) A lot poorer


Who paid for it?

[tick one for the single most important funding source]

a)Your parents
b) Your family other than your parents
c) The state ('free')
d)Combination of the above
e) Scholarships /special grants
f) Yourself (working/bank loans)

When did you finish full-
time study?
a) Never started (no school at all)
b) At the legal minimum (usually mid-teens)
c) Before taking degree or equivalent
d) After taking degree or equivalent
e) Never finished (or not yet)


Which of the following do you own?

[tick as many as apply]

a) Home
b) Car
c) Burglar alarm
d) Camcorder
e) Grand piano
f) Horse
g) Jacuzzi
h) Mobile phone
i) Second home
j) Dishwasher
k) Rolex, Cartier or equivalent watch
l) None of these


What do you attend, watch or take part in?

[tick no more than two]

a) Ballet
b) Bingo
c) Bridge
d) Casino gambling
e) Cricket/baseball
f) Golf
g) Horse racing
h) Fox hunting
i) Shooting
j) Opera
k) Pigeon fancying
l) Fishing
m) Polo
n) Sailing
o) Yoga
p) Skiing
q) Soccer
r) Tennis
s) Theatre
t) Boxing
u) Motor racing
v) Jogging
w) Dinner parties
x) Bowling
y) Video games
z) Aerobics

What do you usually drink?

[tick no more than two]

a) Beer
b) Lager
c) Blended whisky/bourbon
d) Cappuccino/filter coffee
e) Champagne
f) Cheap wine
g) Gin and tonic
h) Instant coffee
i) Tea
j) Darjeeling tea
k) Mineral water
l) Sherry
m) Malt whiskey
n) Vodka
o) Vintage wine
p) Cola or similar

What have you done to improve your class position?

[tick as many as apply]

a) Disowned your parents
b) Faked academic qualifications
c) Falsified your resumé/cv
d) Lied about your background
e) Name-dropped people you barely know
f) Sent your children to private school despite your principles
g) Lied about your current status


What are your total earnings from all sources in a typical year?

[tick one]

a) $1,000,000 plus
b) $250,001-$1,000,000
c) $100,001-$250,000
d) $50,001-$100,000
e) $25,001-$50,000
f) $10,001-$25,000
g) $5,001-$10,000
h) less than $5,000


From whom do you take orders?

[tick as many as apply]

a) No-one
b) Superiors at work
c) Shareholders
d) Landlords
e) Parents
f) Customers
g) Anyone

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