Which Mythical Beast Are You? – Quizz
The mythical beasts of classical culture express different aspects of human personalities so well (from creativity to power, from intelligence to intrigue) that the current internet phenomenon of the short, unscientific, personality test, was a natural idea. To make the quiz, I considered the personality aspects of six well-known mythical beasts (Pegasus, Minotaur, Hydra, Cerberus, Argus and Sphinx), and mapped them against a list of ancient and modern ideas about life: food, literature, film, habitat, as well as less tangible aspects of character and the challenges we face in life. In constructing the quiz, am grateful to my peer reviewers around the world who tested out initial versions, and to the assistance of Sarah Thorneycroft (Educational Designer, University of New England). Thanks also to Katarzyna Marciniak and to Michał Kucharski of the University of Warsaw for their support in publishing this quiz, and to Jan Rusinski and his students from the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, for providing the beautiful final illustrations of our mythical beasts.