Would You Be the Leader in a Wolf Pack?

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Wolves have a complex society. Like early human tribes, they have their leaders who earn their positions through action and social dominance. Like modern people, they have complex family organizations and unspoken ranks within their packs. Wolves are not dogs though, and their society isn't anything like the relationship between humans and dogs. Much of what scientists believed about wolves was actually based on dog behavior, which has diverged from that of wolves for ten thousand years.

Wolf packs usually comprise of a family of wolves, with the mother and father as the pack leaders. The pack leaders don't make all the decisions in the pack, but they can issue orders and veto decisions made by other members of the pack. They are both political leaders and field marshals, ordering and leading hunts, and deciding how to share the spoils of those hunts.

Being a wolf pack leader requires dominance, but also kindness, so the younger wolves don't try to take over. It takes endurance, experience, wisdom, and the ability to get the pack to work as a team, even when they are starving and the weather is unforgiving. Do you have what it takes? Could you assume the role of the Alpha and make sure your family survives in the wilderness? Take this quiz!

How much suffering can you endure?

How sharp are you, even when you aren't comfortable?

Do you know how to survive in the wilderness without tools?

Can you build a shelter?

Can you remain sensitive to others' needs even when you are busy?

Can you navigate without a compass or a map?

How often do you need to ask for directions?

How well do you adapt to new environments?

How ambitious are you?

Once you have achieved a goal, how long does your ambition stick around?

How do you handle the cold?

Can you work in the terrible summer heat?

Can you take charge of someone you love, even if they don't want you to tell them what to do?

Are you good at giving gifts?

How much does your family trust you?

How good a parent are you?

Can you keep others' affairs in order as well as your own?

How aggressive are you with pursuing your goals?

Are you an animal lover?

Are you squeamish?

Do you know how to dress a kill?

Do you know how to judge whether something in the wilderness is poisonous or not?

Do you like to live in close proximity to others?

Are you a light sleeper?

How's your killer instinct?

Can you swim well?

How are you with strategy?

How protective are you of your people?

How much do you trust your spouse?

How territorial are you?

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