Quiz: How Corrupt Are You?


Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013 report was released recently.

The NGO surveyed over 114,000 people in 107 countries, asking them about their everyday experiences of perceived corruption. That includes instances in which they themselves may have participated in corruption.

So now it’s your turn. Take this quiz, compiled by RNW, to find out how corrupt you may be!

1. You’re driving 160 km/h on the highway. You are stopped by a police car. The fine for speeding is 40 euros. The policeman proposes you pay him 15 euros so he won’t fine you. What do you do?

a. I let him write out the ticket for 40 euros and pay it.

b. I record the whole conversation with my phone, then threaten to file a corruption case against him if he doesn’t pay me 15 euros.

c. I pay 15 euros and continue on my way in peace.

d. I let him write out the fine for 40 euros and promise to pay it. Then I call my uncle who works with the police to have my fine lifted.

2. Have you paid a bribe in the last year?

a. No, I never pay bribes.

b. No, but I’ve paid a bribe in the past.

c. Yes, of course. You don’t get anything done here without bribes.

d. What’s a bribe?

3. You failed an exam. It was a matter of percentage points – just a few more and you would have passed. During the year, you observed how your teacher would often look at beautiful students while passing them in the corridor. What connection do you make of this?

a. None. I simply have to study a little harder for my next exam.

b. I go talk to the teacher to convince him or her to top off my score so I can pass. And of course I wear my sexiest clothes and put on my sweetest smile.

c. I conclude that the teacher might be giving higher grades to the attractive students and let all my friends know about my theory.

d. I wait for the teacher after school, when everyone else is gone, and seduce him or her. Then I blackmail the teacher: give me a higher grade or I’ll file a sexual harassment complaint.

4. After you graduate, how do you expect to find a job?

a. I’ll send my CV and letter of motivation to several companies.

b. I don’t expect to find a job; I don’t know the right people.

c. Protest outside the parliament daily, until they offer me a job in public office.

d. My mother will push my CV at the ministry where she works.

5. How did you get – or do you expect to get – your driver’s licence?

a. I took driving lessons and did the exam until I passed.

b. I took driving lessons and did the exam, but gave the examiner some extra money, just in case.

c. Well, I just bought it.

d. I didn’t take driving lessons but I passed the exam on my first try. I am very gifted – and did I mention that my sister works at the traffic ministry?

6. If you need medical treatment, you…

a. Have no choice but to go to the public hospital and hope they will help you.

b. Go to a private hospital so you can be guaranteed no-hassle, clean treatment. I’ll find someone to pay the fees for me.

c. Go to the public hospital and pay doctors and nurses whenever they ask for some cash on the side.

d. Choose a hospital where one of the specialists is a family member, so he or she can help me right away and I won’t be expected to drop some extra cash.

7. What is the best way to get a promotion at work?

a. Work hard.

b. Be nice to everyone in a higher position and use everyone in a lower position.

c. Let your boss know that your mother or father is an influential businessperson.

d. Sleep with your boss.

8. You work at the local municipality. There is quite a long queue. Then you see your cousin lining up. He looks stressed, he needs to get some papers done urgently and waves at you. What do you do?

a. I wave back at him and continue my work. He’ll just have to wait. The procedure will probably take months anyway.

b. I ask one of the office clerks to see what my cousin needs. If it is really urgent, I can take his request and do it during my coffee break so he won’t have to stand there waiting.

c. I want to help my cousin, but then an army official steps in with a personal request. I help the army official first, then my cousin, then the rest of the people.

d. My cousin will have to wait his turn, but I will transfer his request with priority so that he will get a reply immediately – unlike the others who have to wait for at least two weeks.

9. You are walking hand in hand with your boyfriend or girlfriend. A policeman says you are not allowed to hold hands like this in public, so…

a. You challenge him to take you to the police station, if you really did something wrong.

b. You keep on walking. It’s none of his business.

c. You pay him a few euros so he won’t bother you anymore.

d. You ask for his name and file a complaint against him.

10. You are a high school teacher. The school just received a scholarship to send one of your students abroad. Your sister heard about this scholarship and proposed that her child, your nephew who happens to be one of your students, be selected. What do you do?

a. I leave the choice to another teacher. This way the selection process stays objective.

b. I select a different student. I cannot select my nephew, even if he is my best student. It would give the wrong impression.

c. I leave the selection up to another teacher but make it clear that I’d like to see my nephew selected. Otherwise, the teacher will likely choose his own nephew, who also happens to be my class.

d. I say to myself, “My nephew is talented, so why not?” Other students may be more talented than, but I cannot disappoint my sister.

Now assign points to each multiple choice that you selected according to the ranking below. Tally up your points and see just how corrupt you are.

A = 1 point

B = 2 points

C = 3 points

D = 4 points

If you scored…

1 – 12 points: You’re an angel! Are you sure you’ve answered this quiz honestly? If so, your conscience must be crystal-clear.

13-19 points: You’re a tightrope walker. You’re aware that corruption is not so easy to avoid and you’re doing your best to stay within reasonable limits of what’s right, but sometimes you fall off the rope.

20-30 points: You’re in denial. You probably call yourself “realistic”. And you’re right, some things are out of your hands, but remember, society is made up of individuals.

31-40 points: Is “Corruption” your middle name? Great that you almost never have to pay off anyone… but sorry to inform you that exploiting personal relations and other assets also count as corruption.

Written By Jannie Schipper, RNW