Compassion-O-Meter

This quiz is designed to measure how compassionate you are with tragedies that befall others. When asked, "Are you compassionate," most people would say they are very much so. Let's see how you measure up under closer examination.

Another purpose of this quiz is to get you to think about compassion and what it means in real life. I hope you will think deeply about this after taking the quiz. Please answer the questions by quantifying how compassionate you feel in the situations described.

Created by: compassion-o-meter

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. Someone I barely know tells me he's recovering from a heart attack.
  2. A coworker or neighbor I have socialized minimally with tells me he's recovering from a heart attack.
  3. Someone I am close to tells me he is recovering from a heart attack.
  4. A coworker or neighbor I have socialized minimally with tells me he's recovering from a heart attack, and his doctor said it was caused by cocaine use.
  5. A coworker or neighbor I have socialized minimally with tells me he is recovering from a heart attack, and his doctor said it was caused by smoking cigarettes.
  6. A coworker or neighbor I have socialized minimally with tells me he is recovering from a heart attack, and his doctor said it was caused by obesity from eating too much.
  7. A bus full of 5-year-olds crashes and they all die, on another continent; the children are all of a different race and religion than mine.
  8. A bus full of 5-year-olds crashes and they all die, on another continent.
  9. A bus full of 5-year-olds crashes and they all die, 1000 miles away from where I now live.
  10. A bus full of 5-year-olds crashes and they all die, in the town where I now live.
  11. A person who appears healthy parks her car in a handicapped parking spot, but I don't see her getting out of her car.
  12. A person who appears healthy parks her car in a handicapped parking spot, and you later see her limping.
  13. A 30-yr-old coworker suddenly loses too much weight, loses her hair, and appears to be in pain. She mentions she is on chemotherapy and discusses details of her medical condition.
  14. A 30-yr-old coworker suddenly loses too much weight, loses her hair, and appears to be in pain. She mentions she is on chemotherapy but won't say why.
  15. A 30-yr-old coworker suddenly loses too much weight, loses her hair, and appears to be in pain. She doesn't mention it to anyone at work, and declines to discuss it when asked about it.
  16. A 30-yr-old coworker suddenly loses too much weight, loses her hair, and appears to be in pain. She doesn't discuss it with anyone at work, although no one asks.
  17. When someone says he has a serious medical condition I have never heard of, and it is severely affecting his life, I:
  18. When someone says he has a serious medical condition, it is severely affecting his life, but I had that type of illness and my case was not as serious as he is saying his is, I:
  19. I am likely to help a stranger with a serious medical problem if it takes me less than 5 minutes, such as opening a door or donating money.
  20. I am likely to help a stranger with a serious medical problem if it takes me less than 10 minutes, such as helping her load her car with her groceries.
  21. I am likely to help a stranger with a serious medical problem if it takes me less than one hour, such as picking up a prescription for her or raking her lawn.

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