The fascinating personality test below was written by a Sydney
marriage expert who is a qualified psychologist. It began as a dinner
party conversation gimmick, but it has been prepared in this form for
readers to test themselves. To do the "test" you must give your honest
opinion about morals and honesty of the four characters in our story of
Forget any preconceived ideas you may about them - this is a
different sort of story from all the others:
The Sheriff of Nottingham captured Little John and Robin Hood and
imprisoned them in his maximum-security dungeon. Maid Marion begged the
Sheriff for their release, pleading her love for Robin. The
Sheriff agreed to release them only if Maid Marion spent the night
with him. To this she agreed. The next morning the Sheriff released
Robin at once demanded that Marion tell him how she persuaded the Sheriff
to let them go free. Marion confessed the truth, and was
bewildered when Robin abused her, calling her a slut, and saying that he
never wanted to see her again.
At this point, Little John defended her, inviting her to leave Sherwood
with him and promising lifelong devotion. She accepted and they rode away
Now in terms of realistic everyday standards of behavior, put Robin,
Marion, Little John and the Sheriff in the order in which you consider
they showed the most morality and honesty. There is no "right" answer, and
the following is the psychologist's estimate of you for each of the 24
Don't scroll down until you have made your list.
Don't go any farther untill you have made your list.
ROBIN, MARION, SHERIFF, LITTLE JOHN:
You find it hard to accept the permissive attitudes of others, or to
convince them of the validity of your own standards. You are not
disposed to trust people and do not have a very happy life.
(Men) To you "love" involves sex and duty, rather than charity and
(Women) You blame men for much of the unhappiness in your life.
ROBIN, MARION, LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF:
Your philosophy of life is a sad hotchpotch of the conventions of
society, your own convictions and romanticism. You are not unkind,
only staid and unimaginative.
(Men) You see a woman as weak but desirable.
(Women)Your resent the arrogance of men.
ROBIN, SHERIFF, MARION, LITTLE JOHN:
(Men) We think you are unhappy, although you probably will not admit it. As
a ruthless authoritarian you are as moral as it suits you and no more. You do
not apply the same rules to men as you do to women.
(Women) How worthless you seem to think women are.
ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN, MARION, SHERIFF:
You are a moralist with conventional ideas, which some people would call old-
(Men) You probably consider yourself a fair-minded
man in a world which falls badly below your standards. Your
inhibitions and sense of guilt are in the way of your happiness.
(Women) Unlucky in love? Perhaps you hope for too much in a man. Be a
realist, not a romantic.
ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF, MARION:
You are conventional and puritanical.
(Men) You moralize and see women as a great conspiracy against man,with
sex as their principal weapon. You are missing a great deal in life.
(Women) Your parents probably played a big part in the formation
of such a guilt complex as yours. Your mind is in chains and it's time you
did something to free it.
LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN, SHERIFF, MARION:
You are not easy to assess. Basically you are ruled by an inferiority
complex and feelings of insecurity. How do you present yourself to the
world? An idealist, a moralist, a conformist keeping up with Jones's?
(Men) Your conflicting views on sex and morality may lead to every
sort sexual problem. You have always feared women, probably starting with
(Women) It is a shame you have not accepted the
ideal of woman as the equal (and sometimes stronger) partner of man.
LITTLE JOHN, MARION, ROBIN, SHERIFF:
You are fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably contented. You
value kindness greatly and try to live by your ideals. You do not
conceal from yourself, or from others, you strong need for security,
which may be either emotional or material.
(Men) Perhaps you tend to idealize women and credit them with virtues they
(Women) Your experiences of men have not all been happy, perhaps
because you hope for a little too much?
LITTLE JOHN, MARION, SHERIFF, ROBIN:
You are the slightly romantic realist. You respect truth, and are
broadminded and flexible. Whether you are a man or a woman you are
probably a happy person. You like people and they can readily make friends
with you. You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.
LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF, MARION, ROBIN:
You too, believe that morality is another word for commonsense and
suitability, and not something which is universally valid or a
religious truth. Your feeling for security is strong, and you would
rate reliability as one of your virtues.
(Men) Your estimate of women as the inferior sex suggests that you are a
little uncertain of them.
(Women)You are more permissive about the morals of others than you are
about your own.
LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF, ROBIN, MARION:
You are conventional, unimaginative, and something of a prude. It
would be surprising if your love life was a roaring success.
(Men) You have an old-world authoritarian attitude. One thing is sure - you
have some sorry illusions about women.
(Women) You accept a double standard of morality in which women are very
much the "second sex".
SHERIFF, ROBIN, MARION, LITTLE JOHN:
(Men) We find it hard to imagine you leading a full, happy life. The
warmth and give-and-take of love are not for you. Your sex life is
ringed with unreality, and you neither understand nor appreciate
(Women) If you really believe this is the right order, you
baffle us completely.
MARION, SHERIFF, LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN:
Such an emphatic rejection of ready-made values in probably partly
camouflage. You hate to be thought weak or insecure. You value
honesty, and abominate humbug and hypocrisy.
(Men) Women are very much part of you life, and you are - or perhaps would
like to be - quite ruthless, both with women and life in general.
(Women) You are tolerant about men and their failings - but we mean men,
for you have no time for boys on men's errands.
MARION, ROBIN, SHERIFF, LITTLE JOHN:
You know the so-called facts of life, but not to enjoy life itself.
You are not a realist and you are inclined to be stubborn.
(Men) Women, you think, are either whores or angels, and you overestimate
the differences between the sexes. A woman may find you difficult to live
(Women) You are not sure whether truth and morality go hand in hand or are
in opposition. You haven't a very high opinion of men.
MARION, ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF:
If you are not happy - and we suspect you are not - it maybe because you
feel guilty about your own emotions, and lack confidence in your opinions.
(Men) No doubt you consider yourself a moral man, and a fair
one. Your fuzzy ideas about morality may make their mark on your sex life.
(Women)You are too concerned about what others think.
MARION, LITTLE JOHN, SHERIFF, ROBIN:
You are essentially a contented person, even if you consider yourself a little
superior. You are moral by your own standards, for you believe that morality
is what best suits the occasion.
(Men) You are sexually uninhibited, more romantic than you may appear,
and more dependent on the approval of others than you care to admit.
(Women) You like being a woman, you understand what love is, and frankly
MARION, LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN, SHERIFF:
We would expect you to be a happy, well-balanced person who likes people
and is liked by others. You question whether many conventional views on
morality are valid under all circumstances.
(Men) Do we detect a sense of
chivalry and idealism under the sophistication?
(Women) You will expect high standards from the men to whom you give
LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN, MARION, SHERIFF:
You are a cautious type, neutral, and rather insecure. You would
agree with the idea that everybody has his price - and in your own
case it would not be high.
(Men) You are sexually inhibited with an underlying distrust of women.
(Women) At least one man has made you unhappy, and you are now on
SHERIFF, ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN, MARION:
Although you make a brave show of being self-sufficient, beneath this you
are unhappy and rather mixed up.
(Men) You don't understand women-probably you are afraid of them. You do
not know what love is, and you are more likely to boast about your
conquests in a bar than prove them in a bedroom.
(Women) If men attract you at all, they probably be disastrously the wrong
SHERIFF, MARION, ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN:
If you are not living a happy life the cause is within yourself. You
are a rebel ...with a trace of spoilt child about you. You value truth
above morality, but you are reasonably tolerant of those who disagree with
(Men) any problems you have are not likely to be centered in sex.
(Women)Despite your experience and intelligence you are a bad
judge of men.
SHERIFF, MARION, LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN:
You claim to be a realist or even a cynic, but you are more
emotional and romantic and truthful.
(Men) although you are by no means inhibited, your amorous adventures are
as much a matter of fantasy as fact.
(Women) You have been hurt in the past by men - or perhaps a particular
man and will probably let it happen again.
SHERIFF, LITTLE JOHN, ROBIN, MARION:
Not a moralizing pattern, but...
(Men) You share with many other men the idea that most women are fickle
and inferior to men. Perhaps a view that you got from your
father? Or as a reaction to a domineering mother?
(Women) You have a pretty poor opinion of yourself, haven't you?
SHERIFF, LITTLE JOHN, MARION, ROBIN:
You have a confused, immature sense of values. You are erratic and
stubborn, and inclined to get angry or sulk when you don't get your own way.
But at least you are not a moral hypocrite.
(Men) "Love 'em and leave'em" is the motto of a man who is basically afraid
(Women)Perhaps you would rather be a man than a women?
MARION, SHERIFF, ROBIN, LITTLE JOHN:
Associate morality with honest and truth more than with religious
values. You are impulsive and somewhat unpredictable.
(Men) We suspect that you are a would-be lover rather than a very
(Women)You are a realist and a revel, a defender of women's rights.
You like men but despise weak ones.
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