So who do you think you are anyway?

by DWJ

This quiz is designed to show either which Diana Wynne Jones character from her various books you most resemble, or how well you know one or more of the characters in her books.

Three ways to play have been suggested so far:

1] Choose answers that reflect what you would like to be the case for a character you'd like to be in a book, and find out which of DWJ's characters your chosen persona most resembles.

2] Choose a character from a DWJ book and answer the questions as if you were that character, and see how well you know them or who you end up with instead.

3] Choose a character from somebody else's work and answer for him/her to find out which Diana Wynne Jones character is most like him/her.

The 101 characters for whom "answers" have been given by Diana Wynne Jones do not include any obvious villains: Aunt Maria, Laurel, Mr. Chesney and other definite Bad Lots have been left out. (She doesn't want any of them given any encouragement.)

In answering any question from the point of view of one of the characters in any book, there may be two or more "correct" responses. There are double-answers that look at first sight completely impossible or contradictory but are the only way to give truthful replies: the most apparently-wrong is one character who simultaneously has both one sibling and none.

For characters who appear in more than one book DWJ has stuck to what they would answer in one or other, and answered for Maree from Deep Secret where she is a really major player, whereas Nick is from The Merlin Conspiracy. The exception is Chrestomanci, who is actually called "Christopher Chant" when she's answering for him in The Lives of Christopher Chant, but has "in any book except The Lives of Christopher Chant" when he's being his grownup self.

If in the course of a book someone changes completely and it looks as if they might want either "fully human" or "not human at all" as the response to question 11, for instance, rather than check one or the other, check both.


In Question 1, it would be quite possible for a character both to think of him/herself as a law-enforcer, and to consider that s/he is above or outside the law. In extreme cases, somebody with an active conscience might consider him/herself to be both essentially law-abiding and a law-breaker.

In Question 2, somebody might both be able to appear to be other than what s/he really is, and be compelled to do so.

In Question 3 there are many characters who have inate talent but use it by accident, or use it as a result of training and/or under instruction.

No character written by DWJ has "answers" of more than five options in any question. Although you can check more than one option as the "answer" for any question, checking too many options will return a meaningless result by giving a very large number of possible characters; it is probably better to confine yourself to two or three options per question and get a more definite result.