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18 Februar 2006 @ 21:19

One of the appealing things about these online quizzes that people do is the delightful false presuppositions they make. The one I just completed, for example, asks, "Which Canadian Supreme Court Justice are you?" And of course I'm not any Canadian Supreme Court Justice, but the quiz informs me that if I were, I would be Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé:

You are the Honourable Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé. (83.7% match)

[Click for official biography]

Born: 1927, Ville de Québec, Québec
Appointed: 1987
Retired: 2002
Key word: "opinion"

Your opinions on our sample cases reflect consistent respect for the rule of law, with the Supreme Court as highest authority. You were always willing to express an opinion on how things should be resolved, instead of leaving it to other bodies to decide. Sometimes your colleagues agreed with you, as in Harvard College; more often not, as in Trinity Western.

Which Canadian Supreme Court Justice are you? v0.1 by mskala

And I'm also not too far off being Madam Justice Louise Arbour! Here are my full results:


This is one of the niftier quizzes I've seen; it gives you very brief summaries of questions from real cases decided by the Sprinkler, and lets you choose from among the actual Justices' opinions. (The majority opinion is marked as such, but the positions of the individual Justices are not identified until after you've submitted your answers.) So it's based on something a little more substantive than your favourite colour.

There are some drawbacks to its scoring method, I think, though. Not all the Justices were involved in all the cases, so there are differing numbers of opportunities for the quiz-taker to match or differ with each one. And there doesn't seem to be any attempt, in cases in which there were more than two opinions, to take into account how similar or different two separate opinions were. I think these two things explain why I ended up being judged as completely unlike Madam Justice Marie Deschamps (who replaced L'Heureux-Dubé in 2002 and, the quiz author suggests, may have "inherited the job of Devil's advocate" from her): she was involved in only four of the ten cases covered by the quiz, and in two of those, I picked opinions that favoured the same outcome as hers, but for different reasons.

Anyway, it's a pretty interesting and thought-provoking quiz (especially for those of us who are geeky that way), and I tip my hat to mskala for writing it and to wolfa (a.k.a. Mr. Justice Louis LeBel) for bringing it to my attention.

Tishiewahooweena on 18. Februar, 2006 18:46 (UTC)
Where have you been?!?!
Q. Pheevr: Crunchly types a Qq_pheevr on 19. Februar, 2006 14:35 (UTC)

I've been having computer trouble lately. And also I haven't really had anything in particular to blog about.

Away Above the Chimney Tops: kissesboobirdsfly on 21. Februar, 2006 16:30 (UTC)
Happy Birfday !!!
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 22. Februar, 2006 12:07 (UTC)