Purity Tests!

A purity test attempts to gauge how "pure" you are within some realm of experience by having you answer a list of questions regarding which acts, etc. associated with the subject you have engaged in. Generally, for each "yes" answer you lose a purity point. The result is scaled to tell you what percentage of purity you still retain.


Purity tests have existed for ages, originally taking the form of written lists of questions. With the advent of the Net, it became popular to distribute them by electronic means. Some were modified to be programs or shell scripts which would ask you each question in turn, and do the calculations for you when you were done. In 1989, Eric Lechner wrote a program that would do the same thing using data files that described different purity tests. He converted various purity tests to this format and made the package available. Here's the manual page that describes it.
In June 1994 I finally finished a pyrotechnics purity test that I had begun working on during the same period in which Eric wrote his program, and decided to make an HTML version of it. I ended up writing a program to convert purity test data files in the Lechner format into HTML forms, and another program that the output of the first can be sent to to provide the person taking the test with a score, thus creating the first purity tests on the web.

What's Here

Some of the tests below are from Eric's purity test package, run through the conversion program described above. Since I put up the purity test scorer, I have found it being used for new tests by web authors who found one of the existing tests and changed the questions to those from a different pool. I've added some of those tests here. More recently, I've found a bunch of tests in HTML format, with the questions given as HTML lists. This format is also easy to (mostly automatically) convert to a checkbox test, so I've added a bunch of them here.

Some test authors have created tests specifically to use the scoring program here, and have submitted them to me. If you have a new test which uses this scoring system that you would like to see added, feel free to point me at it. Please don't be offended if I decide not to add it. I've gotten enough requests for additions that I am now only adding those that are particularly interesting and different. As you can see below, there are already plenty of sex tests.
You can use this web interface to create a purity test that uses The Armory's automatic scoring system. Or, if you want to create a purity test from scratch, see this explanation of how to write one.

Important Note!

I get a fair amount of mail regarding these purity tests, with some correspondents telling me that they enjoyed the tests, and others taking me to task for the contents of one or the other of the tests. The latter seem to have missed the information above, namely, that I only created one of the tests below (the pyro test). If you wish to comment on the appropriateness, tastelessness, etc. of my making these tests available in this format, feel free, though as a long-time chunkstyler I will generally take tasteless to be a compliment. However, please at least demonstrate that you are aware of the above distinction. If you wish to take issue with the contents of a test, you would be best off discussing it with the author, if that information is available. Whatever information I have on the authorship of each test is contained in the text of the test.


The tests below are presented here for your amusement only.
They are not a reflection of my personal opinions.
Their existence here is not an endorsement of their contents.
They are not intended as a promotion of any of the acts described in them.
Use your own judgement!!! (sheesh!)

Final Note

If you find that a purity test ends abruptly (before the actual end of the test), it's probably because the HTTP transfer failed or your browser is not capable of dealing with the huge number of checkboxes that the larger tests have. You may wish to scroll to the bottom of a test to make sure it's all there before filling it out, since it's annoying to find out 90% of the way through a 1500-question test that you can't submit it.

Checkbox Purity Tests

The Armory Purity Test Scoring Engine has processed more than sixteen million test submissions as of January 2010.
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