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How Colonial is Your Worldview?

An impossibly broad and complex topic broken down into 12 basic questions.


We're not here to tell the whole story but maybe we can start some conversations...



1. Do you believe that the use of force to acquire land, a common practice in history, was justified for the pursuit of economic and geopolitical interests?

   - Yes

   - No


2. In your opinion, is forcing one's cultural and religious values on another society under the threat of violence an acceptable aspect of expanding influence, as seen in historical colonial practices?

   - Yes

   - No


3. Do you think that the economic exploitation of one smaller nation’s lands and natural resources for the benefit of another larger nation was a legitimate strategy in the pursuit of national interests?

   - Yes

   - No


4. In your view, is the suppression or eradication of original cultures of native people a necessary step for the advancement of colonial powers?

   - Yes

   - No





5. Do you believe that the imposition of Christian or other specific religious values on colonized societies is/was justified even if it means threat of imprisonment or violence ?

   - Yes

   - No



6. Is the dominance of one cultural perspective over another, as seen in historical colonialism, something you find acceptable for the sake of maintaining order and control?

   - Yes

   - No


7. In your opinion, was the economic exploitation of natural resources in colonized territories a legitimate way for colonial powers to strengthen their economies?

   - Yes

   - No


8. Do you think that the current drastic economic disparities between once colonizing nations and the nations they previously colonized are in no way related? 

   - Yes

   - No


9. Is the idea of acquiring and controlling resources in foreign lands through force a strategy you consider acceptable for a nation's economic prosperity?

   - Yes

   - No


10. If your country was colonized, would you accept your family’s home, land and resources being taken by force a wealthier business or agency?

    - Yes

    - No


11. In your view, should modern nations engage in practices reminiscent of colonial values for their economic and geopolitical interests?

    - Yes

    - No


12. Is the use of force to acquire land, money and resources something you consider acceptable in the pursuit of national or personal interests in the present day?

    - Yes

    - No


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If while relfecting you found yourself answering primarily "No", it's likely you don't actually believe in colonialism. We hope this quiz will be a springboard into further thought, relfection, action and ultimatley change.


This quiz is designed to be reflective and should not be used in place of independent legitimate research and reflection. We encourage all readers to reflect specifically on their individual beliefs regarding the values associated with historical colonialism, including the use of force and cultural imposition.


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