I am aware this is aimed at modern young people but it was an interesting experience answering the questions. The original is here and I have deleted some questions which were irrelevant.

If your father went to college before you started
My dad left school at 15
If your mother went to college before you started
My mum left school at 17
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
One of my uncles was a teacher
If your family was the same or higher class than your high school teacher
No, but I was friends with the daughter of a high school teacher
If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
Very unlikely in the 70s
If you had more than 50 books at home when you were growing up
Yes, they were mostly mine but dad read a lot of library books (he still usually has six on the go)
If were read children's books by a parent when you were growing up
Certainly not from any time that I can remember but maybe when I was a toddler
If you ever had lessons of any kind as a child or a teen
None at all
If the people in the media who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively
That’s a tough one because no-one in the media resembles our family – a working class one with liberal attitudes
If you had a credit card with your name on it before college
Absolutely not
If you had or will have less than $5000 in student loans when you graduate
I went to college when fees weren't an issue and grants were given for living expenses
If you had or will have no student loans when you graduate
I was in debt but I soon cleared it
If you went to a private high school
No but I did sit entrance exams for one but I didn’t do well enough to get a bursary
(International question) If you have been to the US more than once as a child or teen
No – we never travelled abroad except for when my dad was stationed overseas
If your family vacations involved staying at hotels rather than KOA or at relatives’ homes
Ha ha – not even the British equivalent of KOA – we always visited relatives
If all of your clothing has been new
Not with two older sisters
If your parents gave you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
Ha ha again
If there was original art in your house as a child or teen
There isn’t any now
If you had a phone in your room
Er no
If your parent owned their own house or apartment when you were a child or teen
Yes (with a mortgage)
If you had your own room as a child or teen
Only when my sisters left home
If you had your own cell phone in high school
Not in the 70s
If you had your own TV as a child or teen
No way – not even a b&w portable
If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
What are they?
If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline
Yes – but only to come home from Germany and we usually drove
If your parents took you to museums and art galleries as a child or teen
If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
What an odd question – my parents didn’t share financial information with their children – however, I was totally aware of the need to turn lights off, keep doors closed, radiators turned down, etc

Step into Social Class 2.0
A Social Class Awareness Experience
Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka
Indiana State University
© 2008