Authored by Steve Stockdale
Please register your first, immediate reactions to 20 statements. If you’re familiar with U.S. English, you’ve probably heard most if not all of these. In fact, you’ve probably heard them a lot since most of them can be considered as aphorisms or cliches.
For each of the statements, indicate to what degree you agree or disagree with the sentiment expressed. Go with your first impression. Once you’ve marked your response and advanced, you can’t go back.
NOTE: These statements may not be recognized by students who are not so familiar with American culture. However, these kinds of aphorisms or cliches or truisms probably exist in all cultures. If you don’t recognize the significance of one of the statements, see if you can think of an appropriate substitute that you are familiar with.
If you’d like to see how your responses compare with those from over 400 world-wide respondents, or to just help you visualize your responses, print this page and record your answers accordingly.
The Point of View Survey
For each of the following statements, indicate your immediate initial reaction according to this 5-point scale:
Strongly Disagree —– Disagree —– No Opinion —– Agree —– Strongly Agree
- You’re either for something or against it.
- You can’t change human nature.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- The will of the majority should always be respected.
- Expect a miracle.
- Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus.
- To thine own self be true.
- It’s all good.
- Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
- You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
- Clothes make the man.
- Love the sinner, but hate the sin.
- Everybody has one true soul mate.
- Time heals all wounds.
- In the end, people get what they deserve.
- The pen is mightier than the sword.
- It is what it is.
- Image is everything.
- You get what you expect.
- The more things change, the more they stay the same.