1. A. I was better at basketball, but thought soccer was more fun.
B. My friends and I lived for basketball, and at the beginning of my senior year, we counted down the days until the season began.
2. A. I am the first to say, “Buck up or stay in the truck.”
B. “I’ll be camping out in a truck, and sleeping standing up.”
3. A. We left flowers on our parents’ front porches with notes announcing we’d eloped.
B. “I love you too,” he said. “Where do you want to get married?”
4. A. I was devastated for my daughter. It wasn’t the morality of the situation—what was done was done. It was that I saw her future change in an instant.
B. She was not ready to have a baby in the house right now. Or maybe ever. This was a lot to swallow…
5. A. And it’s not so easy to find the right match, there are a lot fewer candidates, and even with the good ones, there’s a lot of baggage.
B. I admitted, though, to the one skeleton I’d kept hidden in my closet for the past 22 years.
6. A. She had emerged with a white cashmere sweater and a pair of towering high heels, black leather Manolo Blahniks, with pointed toes and stiletto heels…
B. She flipped through my wardrobe with raised eyebrows. "No... no... no...," she said as she slid each garment aside on its hanger. But I did manage to sneak that pink Dolce & Gabbana…
7. A. She had been part of the consulting team for the children of Columbine after the school shooting, had written several papers on the effects of 9/11…
B. The occasion was the National Press Club where she spoke to fellow journalists about the patriotic atmosphere following the 9/11 attacks.
8. A. We passed a whisper between us: “Say a prayer!”
B. You never know how it will turn out. You just do your best and pray a lot. I always do.
9. A. He’s 19 and he’s not interested in the baby or the girl, so he’s willing to sign off.
B. He talked about watching his sister be humiliated on national television as her former boyfriend went on his fact-free kiss-and-tell media tour.
10. A. There had been the wonderful days in the beginning, and the lonely, angry, frustrated days in the end.
B. It had been the most spectacular ride—a roller coaster, yes, but we’d do it again in a heartbeat—and we’d learned some lessons along the way.
1. A (Steel) B (Palin)
2. A (Palin) B (Steel)
3. A (Palin) B (Steel)
4. A (Palin) B (Steel)
5. A (Steel) B (Palin)
6. A (Steel) B (Palin)
7. A (Steel) B (Palin)
8. A (Palin) B (Steel)
9. A (Steel) B (Palin)
10. A (Steel) B (Palin)
WHAT YOUR SCORE MEANS:
10/10: You’re presidential material.
8 or 9: You betcha you’re smart!
6 or 7: You’re almost ready for Katie Couric.
4 or 5: You’re on a bridge to nowhere.
3 and under: You’re vice presidential material.
Michael Solomon is the executive editor of Byliner and the former features director of The Daily Beast. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Elle, and The Guardian, and he is the author of several books, including I Hope Like Heck: The Selected Poems of Sarah Palin.