Pop Personality Test! Which tree appeals to you the most?
Recently I posted the 'Roar! What type of animal personality are you? test. See link to that article at the end of this blog.
As mentioned these tests always seem to capture my student's attention and are a nice natural way for everyone to get to know each other. They also provide an excellent motivation for dictionary work as everyone is always keen to see how accurate the suggested personality descriptions are.
I always remind the students to not take the tests too seriously and that on another day they might find themselves making a different choice depending on their mood or energy levels.
In the title of this blog I allude to a song called 'I talk to the trees' from the musical 'Paint your wagon.' There is a link to the song from the movie of the musical as sung by Clint Eastwood later in this blog. It could be an appropriate song to listen to while doing the test!
Okay, here comes the 'Tree Personality' test.
Look at the tree and choose the one that is immediately most appealing to you. Don’t think about it too long, just choose, and then read what your choice says about your personality.
- You are a generous and moral (not to confuse with moralizing) person. You always work on self-improvement. You are very ambitious and have very high standards. People might think that communicating with you is difficult, but for you, it isn’t easy to be who you are. You work very hard but you are not in the least selfish. You work because you want to improve the world. You have a great capacity to love people until they hurt you. But even after they do you keep loving. Very few people can appreciate everything you do as well as you deserve.
- You are a fun, honest person. You are very responsible and like taking care of others. You believe in putting in an honest day’s work and accept many work-related responsibilities. You have a very good personality and people come to trust you easily. You are bright, witty and fast-thinking. You always have an interesting story to tell.
- You are a smart and thoughtful person. You are a great thinker. Your thoughts and ideas are the most important. You like to think about your theories and views alone. You are an introvert. You get along with those who likes to think and learn. You spend a lot of time, thinking about morality. You are trying to do what is right, even if the majority of society does not agree with you.
- You are perceptive and philosophical person. You are a unique, one soul of your kind. Next to you there’s no one even slightly similar to you. You are intuitive and a bit quirky. You are often misunderstood, and it hurts you. You need personal space. Your creativity needs to be developed, it requires respect of others. You are a person who clearly sees the light and dark sides of life. You are very emotional.
- You are self-assured and in charge. You are very independent. Your guiding principle in life is ‘I’ll do it my way.’. You are very self-reliant and know how to stay strong for yourself and the people you love. You know exactly what you want and are not afraid of pursuing your dreams. The only thing you demand from people is honesty. You are strong enough to accept the truth.
- You are kind and sensitive. People relate to you very well. You have many friends and you love helping them. You have this warm and bright aura that makes people feel good when they are around you. Every day, you think about what you can do to improve yourself. You want to be interesting, insightful and unique. More than anybody else in the world, you need to love. You are even ready to love those who don’t love you back.
- You are happy and unflappable. You are a very sensitive and understanding person. You are a great listener who know how to be non-judgmental. You believe that everybody has their own journey in life. You are open to new people and events. You are highly resistant to stress and rarely worry. Normally, you are very relaxed. You always manage to have a good time and never lose your way.
- You are charming and energetic. You are a fun person who knows how to make people laugh. You live in a state of harmony with the universe. You are spontaneous and enthusiastic. You never say no to an adventure. Often, you end up surprising and even shocking people. But that’s just how you are. . . You always remain true to yourself. You have many interests and if something proves of interest to you, you will not rest until you acquire a profound knowledge of this area.
- You are optimistic and lucky. You believe that life is a gift and you try to achieve as much as possible and put this gift to the best use possible. You are very proud of your achievements. You are ready to stick by the people you care about through thick and thin. You have a very healthy approach to life. The glass is (at least) half full for you. You use any opportunity to forgive, learn, and grow because you believe that life is too short to do otherwise.
Once they have chosen their favourite drawing of a tree, I give them a handout with the key which describes aspects of the personality that go with each tree.
You could also just copy and paste the key above onto a word document to create your handouts.
As mentioned students do some really excellent work using the dictionaries available or on their phones as they look up definitions or translate any words that they are not familiar with.
A read though like actors do.
After they have read it to themselves, I do what I call an 'actor's read-through' where I ask students to read out loud the description of their chosen tree.
I find that by asking students to read out loud provides a great opportunity to give them a chance to pronounce words that they may have not used before and for me to offer assistance with any that they find difficult. I explain to the students that to read out loud is also great way to build speaking confidence and it's a similar process to that which actors do when they gather at the first rehearsal for a read-through of the play.
I only do corrections at the end of each paragraph and check understanding of meaning in the same way a theatre director would check an actor's understanding of the play's text.
To correct too frequently would interrupt the flow of the sense that the students are building up for themselves. It's like when a theatre director gives 'notes' at the end of a rehearsal and tells the cast where they have noticed errors and where there is room for improvement.
I ask the other students to resist giving any immediate pronunciation corrections so as to allow the student who is reading a chance to try and find the correct way themselves.
I have seen my students make real strides in their confidence over a short time through reading out loud exercises. One can also notice that they are recognizing their own progress as they become more and more comfortable with the process.
Once we have finished the read through, I ask the class to go into 'cocktail party' mode where everyone stands and discusses the topic as if at a cocktail party. In this case they talk about why their particular tree appealed to them and how closely does the description match their personality.
I play suitable upbeat background music to encourage the students to feel less inhibited when chatting to each other. I also call, 'Circulate!' after 3 or 4 minutes to encourage the students to discuss the topic with other members of the class.
I am a big fan of using suitable and appropriate music in classes and workshops. Not only as themes for a lesson but as background to underscore at appropriate moments such as during writing exercises so as to create a more pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
You can read more about this in my article 'Why I want at DJ in my class!' Please see a selection of recent articles right at the bottom of this page.
Just by the way, I liked Tree 6 and 8 and have found that many of my students also end up not being able to choose just one and so we then read both personality descriptions.
I can sometimes be a little indecisive so I also must admit that I do quite like tree 3 and 4 as well. The colours in trees 5 and 6, 7, 2 and 9 also appeal to me as do the stars in Tree 1. I suppose that means I had better read all nine descriptions!
Best wishes, keep having fun while you're learning and as always may all your good times be present continuous and future perfect.
Please see links to other recent articles at the bottom of this page
The personality test - Roar! What kind of animal personality are you? - can be seen at
The article 'Why I want a DJ in my class' can be found at
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