Chitling Test

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Originally named the Dove Counterbalance General Intelligence Test, the Chitling Test (1968) was designed to demonstrate differences in understanding and culture between races, specifically between African Americans and Whites.[1] In determining how streetwise someone is, the Chitling Test may have validity, but there have been no studies demonstrating this. Furthermore, the Chitling Test has only proved valid as far as face validity is concerned; no evidence has been brought to light on the Chitling predicting performance.[2]


There has been and there continues to be much debate on the issue of race and intelligence. The reason for the development of the Chitling Test was to show that blacks and whites are fundamentally opposed in their manner of speech.[1] Some believe that many modern day tests are racially unfair and play to the advantage of the middle class, white population.[citation needed] The Chitling Test showed that black vernacular and culture are different and that blacks, on average, scored higher on this test.[citation needed]

Sample of questions[edit]

What follows is Adrian Dove's 1971 short version of the Chitling Test:[3]

1. A "handkerchief head" is: (a) a cool cat, (b) a porter, (c) an Uncle Tom, (d) a hoddi, (e) a preacher.

2. Which word is most out of place here? (a) splib, (b) blood, (c) gray, (d) spook, (e) black.

3. A "gas head" is a person who has a: (a) fast-moving car, (b) stable of "lace," (c) "process," (d) habit of stealing cars, (e) long jail record for arson.

4. "Bo Diddley" is a: (a) game for children, (b) down-home cheap wine, (c) down-home singer, (d) new dance, (e) Moejoe call.

5. "Hully Gully" came from: (a) East Oakland, (b) Fillmore, (c) Watts, (d) Harlem, (e) Motor City.

6. Cheap chitlings (not the kind you purchase at a frozen food counter) will taste rubbery unless they are cooked long enough. How soon can you quit cooking them to eat and enjoy them? (a) 45 minutes, (b) 2 hours, (c) 24 hours, (d) 1 week (on a low flame), (e) 1 hour.

7. What are the "Dixie Hummingbirds?" (a) part of the KKK, (b) a swamp disease, (c) a modern gospel group, (d) a Mississippi Negro paramilitary group, (e) Deacons.

8. If you throw the dice and 7 is showing on the top, what is facing down? (a) 7, (b) snake eyes, (c) boxcars, (d) little Joes, (e) 11.

9. "Jet" is: (a) an East Oakland motorcycle club, (b) one of the gangs in "West Side Story," (c) a news and gossip magazine, (d) a way of life for the very rich.

10. T-Bone Walker got famous for playing what? (a) trombone, (b) piano, (c) "T-flute," (d) guitar, (e) "hambone."

11. "Bird" or "Yardbird" was the "jacket" that jazz lovers from coast to coast hung on: (a) Lester Young, (b) Peggy Lee, (c) Benny Goodman, (d) Charlie Parker, (e) "Birdman of Alcatraz."

12. Hattie Mae Johnson is on the County. She has four children and her husband is now in jail for non-support, as he was unemployed and was not able to give her any money. Her welfare check is now $286 per month. Last night she went out with the highest player in town. If she got pregnant, then nine months from now how much more will her welfare check be? (a) $80, (b) $2, (c) $35, (d) $150, (e) $100.

13. "Money don't get everything it's true." (a) but I don't have none and I'm so blue, (b) but what it don't get I can't use, (c) so make do with what you've got, (d) but I don't know that and neither do you.

14. How much does a short dog cost? (a) $0.15, (b) $2.00, (c) $0.35, (d) $0.05, (e) $0.86 plus tax.

15. Many people say that "Juneteenth" (June 19) should be made a legal holiday because this was the day when: (a) the slaves were freed in the USA, (b) the slaves were freed in Texas, (c) the slaves were freed in Jamaica, (d) the slaves were freed in California, (e) Martin Luther King was born, (f) Booker T. Washington died.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hoffarth, G. (2006). Education and Religion in Dominant-Minority Relations. In Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Retrieved December 5, 2012, from
  2. ^ Kaplan, R., Saccuzzo, D., (2010). Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications, and Issues. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  3. ^ Dove, A. (1971). The Chitling Test. In Psychlotron. Retrieved December 5, 2012, from