Global Change Seminar "It's Your Move!"
Individual Exercise

Rank Order Values Questionnaire¹

          For each of the following questions, rank each of the response choices by putting a "1" next to your top preference, a "2" beside the next pick, a "3" beside your third choice, etc.

1. If you were president, to which would you give the highest priority?

  • __ space exploration
  • __ anti-poverty programs
  • __ defense
  • __ national health care
  • __ environmental protection
  • __ energy policy

2. Which do you think is most harmful?

  • __ cigarettes
  • __ marijuana
  • __ alcohol

3. If your country was engaged in a war you opposed and you were about to be drafted, which would you do?

  • __ enter the armed forces
  • __ find a loophole and avoid
          the draft
  • __ leave the country
  • __ go to jail

4. If you wished to protest something that your government was doing, which would you be the least willing to do?

  • __ take part in a demonstration
  • __ organize a demonstration
  • __ sign a petition
  • __ write your congressperson
  • __ write the president
  • __ write a letter to the editor

5. Which would you give up if you had to?

  • __ your current level of      economic  freedom
  • __ religious freedom
  • __ political freedom
  • __ freedom of speech
  • __ freedom to marry whom you       choose

6. What is the most serious problem confronting the big cities in your country?

  • __ health
  • __ hunger
  • __ education
  • __ transportation
  • __ homelessness
  • __ drugs
  • __ crime
  • __ pollution
  • __ corruption

7. If you passionately supported a particular public policy (such as a war, capital punishment, abortion rights, etc.) and you found your friend was adamantly opposed to it would you

  • __ discontinue the relationship
  • __ overlook the discrepancy in      views and ignore the      subject
  • __ argue with him/her and try to      change his/her viewpoint
  • __ listen to his/her point of view      and consider changing your      own

8. Which would be the best method to alleviate the global population problem?

  • __ limit each family to two      children
  • __ encourage voluntary      sterilization
  • __ keep abortion legal
  • __ distribute birth control      information widely
  • __ undertake a media campaign      to make it "not cool" to have
         a large family
  • __ trust people's common sense      to limit the size of their
         families

9. How would you solve the impending social security funding problem for the US?

  • __ leave things as they are
  • __ privatize the system
  • __ support the system through      general tax increases
  • __ raise the retirement age as      needed
  • __do further study of the
        options

¹ This exercise is adapted from Values Clarification: A Practical, Action-Directed Workbook by Sidney Simon, et al. New York: Warner Books, 1995


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