What’s Your Che Factor?
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What’s Your Che Factor?
Welcome to the Che Factor: the quiz that measures how closely your choices match up with Che Guevara’s. Your answers are not necessarily right or wrong, just how closely they correspond to some of the decisions made by Che Guevara as guerilla leader and revolutionary. Many of the responses are just, in some cases even humanitarian, but they are not necessarily the path chosen by Guevara. There are 5 scenario questions asking you to choose between 4 different outcomes. These are loosely based on actual events that took place during Che’s life. What path will you choose? After answering these five questions you will be given a score between 0 and 15. The scale and your score are explained at the end of the test. The higher your score, the more your choices were like Che Guevara’s. So, what’s your Che factor?
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Question 1 of 5
You have been trudging through the jungle for weeks, leading a group of armed comrades through leech-infested waters, battling with pesky insects and wildlife as you try to evade enemy scouts that relentlessly hunt for you. You finally reach a small and remote government outpost of a regime that you are seeking to destabilize and eventually overthrow. They are a corrupt colonial power that has been terrorizing and exploiting the indigenous people for decades. Surprisingly, the small government garrison looks weak and unprepared. You:
a) Attack without mercy, killing every last imperialist soldier who may have raped or terrorized the local population. Plant the revolutionary flag at the outpost. The resounding victory will be crucial to the revolution sending a strong message to the government and rallying the people to your side.
b) Attack swiftly, but allow the hapless defenders to flee into the vast jungle if they wish. No need for butchery. The outpost is useless to your cause and you prefer to stay mobile. Win the battle decisively and move on. Give the locals an important victory and bring more of them to your side.
c) Surround and overpower the small garrison, take prisoners and interrogate them. Gain as much intelligence as possible. Use the soldiers as leverage for concessions. Occupy the fort as a base of operations to build up your forces and recruit more comrades to your cause.
d) Snipe and harass the small outpost at a distance and move along quickly. Attempting to take the outpost is pointless and you do not want to lose any of your comrades in the battle. Best to take out a couple of government soldiers, declare victory and flee into the jungle.
Question 2 of 5
You are attempting to recruit international support and money for your struggle. Radicals and revolutionary-minded citizens in “advanced” capitalist countries are listening along with the corporate media. Millions are watching you from all sides of the political spectrum and this is an important opportunity to build international solidarity. When dealing with the media, some of your comrades have asked you to soften your stance and be careful not to alienate any potential supporters. You:
a) Declare that your revolution is anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and decidedly communist. You hide nothing and announce that imperialist forces should be trembling at the arrival of a new era of post-colonial freedom. There are plenty of radical channels that will carry your message. Your revolution is just and the people of the North will see this.
b) Soften slightly. You do not wish to alienate socialists and social democrats whose support you depend on for financing your cause and spreading the word. They are allies… at least for now.
c) Focus on the people. The capitalist media will condemn your politics whatever the case so you focus not on the politics but the plight of the people you are trying to help liberate. In your interviews you omit the revolutionary rhetoric and instead focus on stories of suffering and the romantic call of resistance against corruption and oppression.
d) Cancel the trip. Your time is better spent in the jungle than on American talk shows. You cannot rely on the imperialist press. You must instead focus on the struggle.
Question 3 of 5
Victory is at hand. The last remnants of government and imperialist forces are on the run. Your brothers and sisters-in-arms have all made tremendous sacrifices. Comrade leaders of the various revolutionary guerilla groups are meeting before a final advance. A number of proposals are put forward for a post-revolutionary government. You favour:
a) Immediate democratic elections, even in the face of chaos, in order to mobilize the people and further legitimize the revolution. Revolution without democracy is no revolution at all.
b) A strong dictatorship of the proletariat to reorganize the state and create publicly-owned industries and institutions for the people. The coming years will be difficult and the revolution must first be defended and then advanced before any thought of elections.
c) An interim government of guerilla leaders to run the country. These leaders will initially decide the pace of reform toward calling elections within the next three years.
d) Seizing power for yourself with the support of a small cadre of like-minded revolutionaries. While your guerilla allies have been useful they cannot be trusted to implement the revolutionary changes necessary to overhaul the system. Only you know what must be done to throw off the yoke of imperialism.
Question 4 of 5
Only a short while after seizing power in a glorious revolution you have taken up a leading administrative post at the behest of the new President of the People’s Republic. The imperialists have scattered but their spies and sympathizers lurk about trying to retake control. These are dangerous times. As you enter your office to start work a deafening blast knocks you off your chair and shatters your window. A bomb has exploded outside your office building and dozens of your fellow citizens lay screaming in the street. You are a doctor and can help but the revolutionary government cannot be compromised before it has begun. Your staff implores you to flee immediately before another bomb explodes. “You are too valuable to the revolution!” they cry. You:
a) Listen to the advice of your comrades and take cover away from the building. Sure, you might be able to help but you must continue the programme of the revolution. Your people need you alive. There will be numerous setbacks and you cannot risk yourself now. You would be falling into the hands of your enemies. The needs of the revolution outweigh all else. The people will understand.
b) Wait inside the office, at least for ten minutes or so, in order to be sure that more bombs aren’t set to detonate. Once you feel more confident that enough time has passed you can lend aid to the paramedics who will have surely arrived. Your presence will bolster morale and you will be able to provide real medical help though perhaps less usefully than if you had rushed to their side immediately.
c) Forget your administrative obligations and ignore the cowardly cries of your staff. You not only rush to the aid of your fellow citizens to apply immediate first aid but insist that your staff help you patch up and comfort those still alive. You are both a leader and a doctor and this crisis needs both. These are your brothers and sisters lying in the street. The revolution is worthless if its keeps you from helping them as best you can.
d) Choose to help but this is your decision alone. You are a doctor and a romantic. You will help your fellow citizens but place no one else in jeopardy.
Question 5 of 5
It is time to consolidate the new revolutionary government. The criminals and murderers of the old regime have been rounded up and imprisoned. Many of them have terrorized and killed your people. They have acted in the interest of a despotic ruling elite and the people now demand justice. The President appoints you to the position of Minister of Justice and asks you to personally oversee the trials and executions of these traitors. Not only are they criminals but the longer they live they pose a risk to the revolution. The world is also watching to see how the new regime treats its enemies. You:
a) Take on the post with zeal, expediting the trials and quickly processing any executions. These are murderous men ideologically opposed to your revolution who fought and killed for the oppressor. They must be eliminated quickly. They pose a threat to the revolution.
b) Oppose the death penalty and commute as many sentences as possible. Show mercy. You are, after all, a doctor and cannot do this harm to others. The revolution is over. It’s time to move on. The world is watching.
c) Oversee these trials in as fair a process as possible. The accused will have full hearings. You will not preside over a kangaroo court. But once these treacherous murderers have been identified then the death penalty will be applied and you will not feel remorse for doing so even though you are doctor.
d) Decline the post. You will not participate in this process. History will judge you poorly and you cannot stomach this no-win assignment. Let someone else do this job. You have already sacrificed so much for the revolution.
Remember, each multiple choice answer is ranked on a score of 0 to 3 points. 3 represents what Che would have most likely done, while 0 represents what he most likely would NOT have done.
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