Just when you thought the days of report cards and letter grades were behind you…Downhome issues your most important test yet. This quiz isn't for kids – and it most definitely is not based on your average grading system. No sir! We're issuing passes and fails based on a test of provincial prowess, if you will. To that end, we've compiled a bucket list of what we feel are true-blue Newfoundland and Labrador experiences, abilities and customs that any self-respecting folk hailing from this province (aka "Downhomers") – and any Come-From-Aways worth their salt – should have acquired by adulthood.

To complete the test, check only those boxes beside statements that apply to you. Once complete, click "finish" to reveal your grade.

There's no time for cramming, dear reader, so quickly grab your mouse. Your Ultimate Downhomer Test begins… NOW.

  • At least once in my lifetime, I have:

  • Kissed a codfish
  • Eaten cod tongues (even if everyone else says they're gross)
  • Gone mummering, bra and all!
  • Drunk a shot of Screech
  • Had a time on George Street
  • Witnessed a whale breaching before my very eyes
  • Seen the Northern Lights in the sky above
  • Swam in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Camped out on May 24th weekend
  • Partied in a shed
  • Picked berries
  • Used an outhouse - pee-yew!
  • Watched the sunrise at Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America
  • Eaten salt meat
  • Paid my respects at a local war memorial
  • Met a Newfoundland dog
  • Had a boil up in the woods
  • Gone hunting
  • Ridden a snowmobile and/or an ATV
  • Had a dose of cod liver oil - yuck!
  • Met a Newfoundland pony
  • Watched the proceedings in the House of Assembly from the public gallery, 'cause with politicians like ours, ya gotta watch live at least once.
  • Tossed and/or found a message in a bottle
  • Been stung by stinger nettles
  • Seen an iceberg (photographs don't count!)
  • Taken a stroll along Jellybean Row
  • Lost, or nearly lost, a boot in the bog
  • Enjoyed a local dinner theatre
  • Gone for a ride in a boat smaller than a ferry
  • Won on the pond - or around the pond - at the Royal St. John's Regatta
  • Attended or hosted a kitchen party
  • Witnessed the Signal Hill Tattoo
  • Felt the cold air inside a root cellar
  • Picked mussels, then boiled 'em and ate 'em
  • Caught and released a fish, just for fun
  • Hung clothes on a clothesline
  • Had a feed of fish & chips from a local diner
  • Successfully grown root vegetables
  • Attended a bonfire on November 5 - Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night)
  • Shopped on Water Street, the oldest street in North America
  • Gone ice fishing
  • Eaten any one (or more) of the following wild game: seal, moose, caribou, rabbit, turr
  • Drunk Tetley tea with Carnation milk
  • Watched any movie featuring Gordon Pinsent
  • Read anything written by Al Pittman
  • Watched "Random Passage" - yup, all eight hours of it
  • Eaten at Mary Brown's
  • Attended at least one of the province's many festivals
  • Played an ugly stick
  • Turned berries into jam
  • Voiced my opinion on VOCM Open Line
  • In my lifetime I have visited:

  • A community that can be reached only by ferry (such as Francois, Ramea, Bell Island etc.)
  • Both Newfoundland and Labrador
  • A local archaeological site (such as Port au Choix National Historic Site, Colony of Avalon etc.)
  • A seabird-nesting site (such as Elliston, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Witless Bay Ecological Reserve etc.)
  • A lighthouse
  • The site of a shipwreck (such as the SS Ethie at Martin's Point)
  • St. Pierre & Miquelon, the province's very own shortcut to France
  • Brimstone Head, Fogo Island - our very own "corner of the earth," according to the Flat Earth Society
  • Bonavista, where John Cabot made landfall
  • The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park, where I walked on the earth's mantle
    • Each division of The Rooms Provincial Museum:
    • The Rooms, St. John's
    • Labrador Interpretation Centre, North West River
    • Mary March Provincial Museum, Grand Falls-Windsor
    • Provincial Seamen's Museum, Grand Bank
    • The province's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
    • Gros Morne National Park
    • L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
    • Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  • I've caught the following fish:

  • Cod
  • Trout
  • Salmon
  • Conner (finding Corky in Downhome doesn't count!)
  • Sculpin
  • Caplin
  • Things I know by heart:

  • The day and time that CBC's "Land & Sea" airs
  • How to cast a fishing rod
  • The "Ode to Newfoundland," start to finish
  • At least one of the following songs, in its entirety: "I'se the B'y," "Squid Jiggin' Ground," "The Mummer's Song"
  • How to play one (or more) of the following instruments: accordion, fiddle, tin whistle
  • How to skip rocks
  • The names of my neighbours to the right, left and across the road
  • How to do at least one of the following: knit, hook rugs, make quilts, mend nets
  • How to make Jiggs' dinner with all the trimmings - complete with figgy duff
  • How to make toutons
  • How to make fish & brewis
  • I currently have in my possession/in my home:

  • A deck of cards
  • A pair of trigger mitts
  • A collection of beach treasures, like sea glass, seashells or beach rocks
  • The provincial, republic and/or Labrador flag proudly on display
  • A copy of Downhome magazine
  • At least one Purity product
  • A package of Mt. Scio Savoury
  • Container of molasses
  • Stick of bologna
  • Fat back pork
  • I always do the following without question:

  • Drink Pepsi over Coke - no matter the price and whether or not I can tell the difference between the two
  • Enter homes through their back doors
  • Take my Christmas decorations down on Old Christmas Day (January 6) each year
  • Refer to my grandparents as Nan and Pop - not Grandma and Grandpa, or Granny and Gramps, etc.

 

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