Four years after they butted heads in an infamous TV interview, old rivals Sarah Palin and Katie Couric are facing off once again—this time in a battle of morning talk shows. Couric fans can tune into Good Morning America to see the former Today show host subbing all week for cohost Robin Roberts. But perhaps you prefer the likes of Sarah “Alaska” Palin? She can be caught guest-hosting on NBC’s Today show, Couric’s former turf. Take The Daily Beast quiz to see how well you know the two powerhouses.
A. “If I hear the word ‘perky’ again, I’ll puke.”
B. “Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
A. “I love diversity. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that.”
B. “I feel like a human pinata. The disappointing thing is, no candy is going to spill out.”
A. “I’m not politically correct. I’m not one to be a word police.”
B. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.”
A. “[Gasoline prices] are ridiculous. I had to take out a loan to fill up my minivan. It’s crazy.”
B. “I love that smell of the emissions!”
Watch a mashup of Katie Couric and Sarah Palin's heated exhanges.
A. “Sometimes I feel as if I’m in a made-for-TV movie.”
B. “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers.”
A. “Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me.”
B. “I don’t really focus too much on that, and I think it’s dangerous if your goal in life is to get the other guy, then you’re not going to be doing a really quality job yourself.”
A. “Obviously, people in Texas have big hearts.”
B. “There’s a place in hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.”
A. “Some of life’s greatest opportunities come unexpectedly, and this is certainly the case today.”
B. “I think sometimes people project things on you, but I’m trying to handle everything that’s happened to me with a certain amount of grace, dignity, and good manners. You just can’t necessarily win all the time.”
A. “I beg. I call. I badger. I cajole. Part of the secret is everyone has fun and that’s really motivating.”
B. “It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is—from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to—to our state.”
A. “I hear that she wants to now engage in more multidimensional storytelling, versus, I guess, just the straight-on, read-into-that-teleprompter-screen storytelling.”
B. “I’m not sure whether she was afraid to offend certain people, by—she would offend conservatives by saying she read the New York Times.”
1) a. Couric b. Palin
2) a. Palin b. Couric
3) a. Palin b. Couric
4) a. Couric b. Palin
5) a. Couric b. Palin
6) a. Palin b. Couric
7) a. Couric b. Palin
8) a. Palin b. Couric
9) a. Couric b. Palin
10) a. Palin (of Couric) b. Couric (of Palin)
WHAT YOUR SCORE MEANS:
10/10: You’re ready to run for governor of Alaska!
8 or 9: As Palin would say, “yup, yup, you betcha!”
6 or 7: You need a few lessons on rhetoric from Couric.
4 or 5: Time to brush up on your geography—Russia borders which U.S. states?
3 and under: You’ll never win the nomination.