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B. I. T. C. H. Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity

Publication Date: 2011-06-01

The famous B.I.T.C.H. test, written in the 1970s, provides an opportunity to test your "cultural background." The link to the source site is now dead, but a reader supplied me with different questions and answers, given at the end.

One universal feature of a culture or subculture is language. To provide an example of how important language is to culture, the so-called "test" below is a play on how IQ test are said to be culturally biased. The test below is an opportunity to test your "cultural background."

1. Alley Apple is

a) brick
b) piece of fruit
c) dog
d) horse

1. CPT means a standard of

a) time
b) tune
c) tale
d) twist

3. Deuce-and-a-quarter is

a) money
b) a car
c) a house
d) dice

4. The eagle flies means

a) the blahs
b) a movie
c) payday
d) deficit

5. Gospel Bird is a

a) pheasant
b) chicken
c) goose
d) duck

6. "I know you, shame" means

a) You don't hear well
b) You are a racist
c) You don't mean what you're saying
d) You are guilty

7. Main Squeeze means

a) to prepare for battle
b) a favorite toy
c) a best girlfriend
d) to hold up someone

8. Nose Opened means

a) flirting
b) teed off
c) deeply in love
d) very angry

9. Playing the dozens means

a) playing the numbers
b) playing baseball
c) insulting a person's parents
d) playing with women

10) Shucking means

a) talking
b) thinking
c) train of thought
d) wasting time

11) Stone fox means

a) bitchy
b) pretty
c) train of thought
d) wasting time

12) T. C. B. means

a) that's cool baby
b) taking care of business
c) they couldn't breathe
d) took careful behavior

Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity

1. A "handkerchief head" is:
a. a cool cat
b. a porter
c. an Uncle Tom
d. a hoddiâ¨e. a preacher

2. Which word is most out of place here?
a. splib
b. blood
c. gray
d. spook
e. black

3. A "gas head" is a person who has a:
a. fast-moving car
b. stable of "lace"
c. "process"
d. habit of stealing carsâ¨
e. long jail record for arson

4. "Bo Diddley" is a:
a. game for children
b. down-home cheap wine
c. down-home singer
d. new dance
e. Moejoe call

5. "Hully Gully" came from:
a. East Oakland
b. Fillmore
c. Watts
d. Harlem
e. Motor City

6. Cheap chitlings (not the kind you purchase at a frozen food counter) will taste rubbery unless they are cooked long enough. How soon can you quit cooking them to eat and enjoy them?
a. 45 minutes
b. 2 hours
c. 24 hours
d. 1 week (on a low flame)
e. 1 hour

7. What are the "Dixie Hummingbirds?"
a. part of the KKK
b. a swamp disease
c. a modern gospel group
d. a Mississippi Negro paramilitary group
e. Deacons

8. If you throw the dice and 7 is showing on the top, what is facing down?
a. 7
b. snake eyes
c. boxcars
d. little Joes'
e. 11

9. "Jet"
a. an East Oakland motorcycle club
b. one of the gangs in "West Side Story"
c. a news and gossip magazine
d. a way of life for the very rich

10. T-Bone Walker got famous for playing what?
a. trombone
b. piano
c. "T-Fluteâ d. guitar
e. hambone

11. "Bird" or "Yardbird" was the "jacket" that jazz lovers from coast to coast hung on:
a. Lester Young
b. Peggy Lee
c. Benny Goodman
d. Charlie Parker
e. "Birdman of Alcatraz"

12. Hattie Mae Johnson is on the Country. She has four children and her husband is now in jail for non-support, as he was unemployed and was not able to give her any money. Her welfare check is now $286 per month. Last night she went out with the highest player in town. If she got pregnant, then nine months from now how much more will her welfare check be?
a. $80
b. $2
c. $35
d. $150
e. $100

13. "Money don't get everything it's true."
a. but I don't have none and I'm so blue
b. but what it don't get I can't use
c. so make do with what you've gotâ¨
d. but I don't know that and neither do you

14. How much does a short dog cost?
a. $0.15
b. $2.00
c. $0.35
d. $0.05
e. $0.86 plus tax

15. Many people say that "Juneteenth" (June 19) should be made a legal holiday because this was the day when:
a. the slaves were freed in the USA
b. the slaves were freed in Texas
c. the slaves were freed in Jamaica
d. the slaves were freed in California
e. Martin Luther King was born
f. Booker T. Washington died

Williams, R. L. Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity: Manual of directions, 1975. (Available from Robert L. Williams, Williams Si Associates, Inc., 6374 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63130.)

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