First, though, let me apologize for not being able to figure out how to change the code so that you can just post the picture, result, and link without making a mini-webpage out of it.
We had been saying for months that eventually we would write our own quiz (in fact the idea popped into our heads a few years ago), but we could never come up with questions. We had taken a "Which Moosebutter song are you?" quiz that I really liked because they set up one scenario and all the questions were connected to that. Maybe I liked it because it seemed like an easy way to write a quiz, but it was a fun quiz. (Sorry; I don't know the link.)
Anyway, since we were totally obsessed with Host Club one day when we took a quiz that really made us think, "We could do a better quiz than this," we started to think. We didn't get much farther than normal; we got the costume question and that was about it. But then one night at FHE we played improv games. In one of those games, there were two people playing themselves, and two other people playing their evil twins. The evil twin would tap the normal person on the shoulder, come wreak havoc, and then the normal person would have to explain their bad behavior. The game didn't work out so well, because one of the evil twins was a little overzealous and not very evil, but that gave me the idea for the evil twin question in the quiz. The answers for each member of the club came so easily, and the answer for Hikaru and Kaoru was just so awesome that we just had to finish the quiz.
And so, even though we were supposed to be translating Nosatsu Junkie (aka The Insaaaaaaaane Series), we spent three nights obsessing over this quiz. The first two were writing questions, and the third was writing descriptions and putting them on pictures.
Athena said we needed descriptions, and at first I agreed, but then they were really hard to write. But by the time we decided they were too hard to write, we had already written Tamaki's, and the first sentence seemed so brilliant to us that we couldn't not use it. (Ego much? (Yay! I'm like Tamaki!)) And so we persevered. Then we got to Haruhi's and decided we were all descriptioned out and took a break. We were very reluctant to get back to it, but then the first sentence for that one was brilliant, too, and overall we're pretty pleased with the results.
We had the hardest time with the description for the Hitachiin brothers. We love Hikaru and Kaoru dearly, but writing their description, we're like, "Wow, isn't there anything good we can say about them?"
Our one regret is that we didn't have better pictures. We checked some episodes of the anime where they introduce the club members, but there was always one member whose picture didn't match, and they either didn't have Haruhi, or Haruhi looked dumb. And we couldn't have that. So we took the pictures from the characters page at the official website. We wanted to get the quiz written and takable, so we decided they were good enough.
So now I want to post the answer key, because I think some of the answers are funnier for knowing who they're supposed to go with. But then, for all I know, you all figured them all out. So now you can judge for yourselves if our quiz was accurate.
1. First things first. Your club is hosting an Medieval Europe themed party. Of course, you will all be in costume. You will be dressed as…
Tamaki: The king.
Kyoya: The chancellor.
Hikaru & Kaoru: The court jester.
Honey: The prince.
Mori: The knight.
Haruhi: A squire.
2. Doubtless you will be entertaining countless women at this party, but let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re expected to have a date. You…
Tamaki: Use your natural charm and charisma to woo the woman of your choice.
Kyoya: Do nothing. Your cool indifference is precisely what brings women to you.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Put on an act to get a girl. You know exactly what women want and aren’t afraid to give it to them.
Honey: Make use of your innate cuteness. They can’t resist the adorableness.
Mori: Do nothing. You don’t care whether or not you have a date, as long as your friends are having a good time.
Haruhi: Don’t understand why you need a date, but there seem to be a couple of people who would be willing to go with you, so you choose one of them.
4. You hire someone to photograph the event, and instruct him to take pictures that will suit your purpose, which is…
Tamaki: To have beautiful photographs of all the lovely ladies who attend, and maybe a few nice pictures of your friends, as well.
Kyoya: To create photo collections which you can then mass produce and sell at a just-above-reasonable price.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Material for Photoshop and/or blackmail.
Honey: To create a photo album, which you can peruse while enjoying some crumpets and tea.
Mori: Nothing; you only hired the photographer to take pictures for someone else.
Haruhi: Nothing; you didn’t hire a photographer, especially because it makes far more sense to take the pictures yourself.
5. There’s still some time before the party, and the girls you are hosting suggest playing a game, your choice. You choose…
Tamaki: Whatever the lovely ladies want to play, of course.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Twister.
Mori: Shogi or go.
Note: Special thanks to baranoneko for giving us the suggestion for the Hikaru & Kaoru answer. That was brilliant.
6. Now it’s time for the party. It starts beautifully, but doesn’t get far before a young man bursts in, and tells a sad, sad story about how he had been planning to confess his love to his true love, but on his way to meet her, he slipped on a banana peel, dropping the one-of-a-kind pendant he was planning to give her when he confessed. He begs you to help him find it. You…
Tamaki: Are deeply moved by his story, and immediately mobilize the rest of the club in an elaborate yet surprisingly effective scheme to retrieve the pendant.
Kyoya: Know all about the girl in question, and inform the young man that, unfortunately, she is already engaged. But if he likes, you can call your people and have them retrieve the pendant.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Lost interest as soon as you realized it was a guy walking through the door, but, since it seems important and could be interesting, you agree to help him find it.
Honey: Are eager to help, but not in a position to do much good.
Mori: Quietly get to work searching.
Haruhi: Question the young man about the pendant and where he dropped it, to get more information that will help you find it.
7. While you’re off searching, your evil twin appears and starts wreaking havoc, disappearing mere moments before you return, leaving you to clean up any mess he left behind. You…
Tamaki: Try to talk your way out of it, but in your shock and panic, make things even worse.
Kyoya: Have been monitoring your twin carefully since you were separated eleven years ago, knew he was coming, and were well prepared with a plan to fix things, which you now implement.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Do nothing. Your evil twin wouldn’t do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
Honey: Try to make up for it by offering sweets and cuteness.
Mori: Accept all the blame. It was probably your fault anyway for letting your guard down enough for him to sneak past you.
Haruhi: Wonder, “Since when did I have an evil twin?”
7. You are not as successful in smoothing things over as you had hoped. You…
Tamaki: Go “hide” in the corner and sulk.
Kyoya: Tale detailed notes of what went wrong and how to prevent/fix it for future reference.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Immediately put a new plan into action.
Honey: Make a pity play and start crying.
Mori: Shrug it off. It doesn’t matter what people think of you as long as your friends are alright.
Haruhi: Are still rather confused, but are willing to do what you have to in order to make it right, even if it is a pain.
8. Whether or not you’ve succeeded in calming your date down becomes irrelevant when Nekozawa appears, rather incensed about something he claims you did to him. Though the offender was in reality your evil twin, he places a curse on you. You…
Tamaki: Go into a major panic and offering to do whatever it takes to get him to lift the curse.
Kyoya: Don’t really believe in curses, but apologize anyway, because that’s good PR.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Burst out laughing.
Honey: Run to someone you know for comfort and protection.
Mori: Stare at him with a blank expression as Nekozawa melts back into the darkness from whence he came.
Haruhi: Aren’t sure whether or not you believe in curses, but decide you had better watch your step for a while.
9. Things just keep going from bad to worse, and an argument between a couple of girls at the party begins to get heated. You…
Tamaki: Flatter the girls into forgiving each other.
Kyoya: Stop the fight quickly so that it doesn’t escalate into anything that might cause damage.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Are intrigued and wonder what might happen if you suggest to one of the girls that the other thinks she’s fat.
Honey: Don’t like fighting and suggest to them that they make up in the best way you know how—over cake.
Mori: Settle the argument with one well-worded sentence.
Haruhi: Begin to act as a mediator between the girls until they are able to come to terms with each other.
10. What with all the chaos, your date seems to be less than enjoying herself. To lift her spirits, you…
Tamaki: Invite her to dance in a roundabout way that also happens to compliment every aspect of her beauty.
Kyoya: Did your research before the party, and you are able to use said research to easily find something that will cheer her up.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Suggest a fun game you made up just now.
Honey: Engage her in pleasant conversation with yourself and your plush bunny friend.
Mori: Literally sweep her off her feet and take her on a quiet but pleasant tour of the garden.
Haruhi: Suggest you both partake of some of the exquisite refreshments provided.
11. Out of some random curiosity, your date asks you, if you were a power ranger, what color you would be. You answer…
Hikaru & Kaoru: Blue.
Note: This was actually a cop-out question. We took the answers from the Host Ranger merchandise at the Animate website. But as a special note, that means that when they go to the mall and watch the Host Ranger show, the Host Ranger Black is voiced by the voice of Kyoya.
12. The party reaches its close, and all it needs now is a climax. You come across a banana peel on the floor and…
Tamaki: Accidentally slip on it, becoming the climax of the party.
Kyoya: Make a mental note of its presence and are prepared to take full advantage of whatever may become of the situation.
Hikaru & Kaoru: Smile to yourself; it’s just where you left it. It can’t be long now…
Honey: Are reminded of the banana splits that are being served, and suggest to your date that you go eat some.
Mori: Are prepared to catch anyone unsuspecting person who may slip on it.
Haruhi: Considerately pick it up off the floor; you wouldn’t want anyone to hurt themselves.
After we wrote the quiz, we were a little nervous watching the show, because we were afraid someone would do something that would prove our answers wrong and then we'd have to rewrite the whole thing. I still think it's pretty accurate, but of course that's just based on my interpretation.
After we posted the quiz, we weren't surprised to see that most people ended up with Haruhi, but we were surprised by how many people got Hikaru & Kaoru. They stayed among the highest results for a long time until Tamaki and Kyoya passed them up, but they seem to have made a come back. For the curious, as of this post, of all the people who took the quiz so far, 15% got Tamaki, 17% got Kyoya, 15% got Hikaru & Kaoru, 10% got Honey, 18% got Mori, and 25% got Haruhi.
And that's our Host Quiz.
Today I'm thankful for Quizilla, boys coming over with peanut butter M&Ms, leftover pizza, all the people who voted on our quiz, and the entertainment provided when people play with Celeste's head (I only say it because I know in the end she'll have enjoyed the whole thing; more on that later).