Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Former Arkansan has a hit with Trump or Jesus? quiz

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 9:20 AM

click to enlarge QUIZ MASTERS: Greg Karber and Dani Messerschmidt in photo from Karber's Facebook page. - FACEBOOK/GREG KARBER
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  • QUIZ MASTERS: Greg Karber and Dani Messerschmidt in photo from Karber's Facebook page.
The Washington Post reports on an Internet hit — a parody devised by an Arkansan and his girlfriend,  now screenwriters in California.

It's the work of Dani Messerschmidt and her boyfriend, Greg Karber, inspired by a Tweet Messerschmidt wrote challenging Christians inclined to vote for Donald Trump if they could imagine Jesus saying any of the things that come out of Trump's mouth. (The two described themselves in the article as liberal Christians, by the way.)

Karber, a game designer, came up with a quiz, now at In six days, 1.5 million have taken the quiz — described as parody, satire and political science. You'd have to be pretty dense to flunk:

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Trump or Jesus?

“My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.” Trump or Jesus?

I intentionally flubbed a few answers just to see the responses on either side. My final score:

You got 70% correct. You can tell Donald Trump and Jesus apart. That's reassuring, because they are nothing alike.
Karber went to Fort Smith Southside and the University of Arkansas and the University of Southern California on his way to his career. The Post article says Messerschmidt also grew up in Arkansas. She went to college in South Dakota and also has master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California, according to other on-line sources. UPDATE: Karber got in touch with me Wednesday evening. He says the Post erred on the point about Messerschmidt's background. She's not an Arkansan, but  a South Dakota native.

Both have Facebook pages. I really like a post by Messerschmidt on the peril of choosing a third-party candidate in this election.

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