- THE WOBEGON INTELLIGENCE TEST
Copyright Rapid Psychler Press
- MICHAEL F. SHAUGHNESSY PH.D. & JACK MOORE PORTALES, NEW MEXICO
- Lake Wobegon is a fictitious community created by Minnesota
radio personality and writer Garrison Keillor.* The people in this
town are remarkable for many qualities - the women are all strong,
the men are all good looking and the children are all of above
average intelligence. It is this last point that piqued the
curiosity of the authors, a psychologist and a school
- The benefits of this good fortune are readily apparent. Shame,
prejudice and despair are unknown to these children, who all seem
to live happily ever after. Truancy is non-existent, teachers are
relieved at not having to fail any students and special education
classes (especially for the dreaded dyslexia/lysdexia syndrome)
are not required. In order to spread this state of community
bliss, the actual test by which the Wobegon Wunderkids achieved
their superlative status is reprinted here. THE WOBEGON
INTELLIGENCE TEST (T.W.I.T.) essentially eliminates developmental
delays, saves paperwork and frees up counselor's time - all
without the added burdens of validity, reliability or unnecessary
statistics. T.W.I.T is divided into four parts, which can be given
sequentially depending on how far above average parents want their
children to be.
- Question 1:
- Lake Wobegon is:
- a) A lake.
- a)The place I call home.
- a) The apex of the Bermuda Triangle.
- a) Where ex-vice president Dan Quayle spent most of his
- Question 2:
- Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?
- b) Garrison Keillor.
- b) Ali Baba.
- b) Villains from Steven King novels.
- b) Grant.
- Bonus Question
- Which Grant?
- c) Foster Grant.
- c) Amy Grant
- c) Hugh Grant.
- c) Research Grant.
- Question 3:
- What is the name Plato associated with?
- d) The dog that appeared in some Disney movies.
- d) The planet furthest away from Lake Wobegon.
- d) The discoverer of philo pastry.
- d) The scrunchy stuff you can form with your hands.
- Question 4:
- According to Mother Goose, Monday's child is full of:
- e) Woe.
- e) Granola.
- e) Irony.
- e) Garlic.
- Question 1 - correct answer is (a).
- Question 2 - correct answer is (b).
- Bonus Question - correct answer is (c).
- Question 3 - correct answer is (d).
- Question 4 - correct answer is (e).
- Number of correct answers:
- 0 Above Average Intelligence
- 1 Significantly Above Average Intelligence
- 2 Well Above Average Intelligence
- 3 Really Above Average Intelligence
- 4 Above Average Intelligence and Beyond Superlatives
- 5 Above Average Intelligence and Well Beyond Superlatives
Use of T.W.I.T outside Lake Wobegon confirmed that the test shows absolutely no reliability or validity, but that it is:
- -recommended by dentists for children over the age of four
- -in keeping with Lutheran values expected to outsell Trivial Pursuit when released as a board game
- -often recycled
- -composed of paper stiff enough to make excellent paper airplanes
*If you agree with the premise of this article, credit the authors; if not, blame Garrison Keillor.
- Special thanks to Dave Robinson, M.D. Publisher, Rapid Psychler Press