Could you survive the Star Wars universe? Take our quiz!

Illustration by Jake Turcotte

Malfunctioning spacecraft. Inept droids. Ruthless bounty hunters. Sith Lords. Between these and a surprising number of bottomless shafts in which to tumble down, George Lucas’ classic sci-fi universe is fraught with peril. The intrepid space explorer will need quick wits, a sense of adventure, and the wisdom of a longtime fan to make it out alive. Do you have what it takes to survive in a galaxy far, far away?

1. Your commanding officer has instructed you to plug the thermal exhaust port of the Death Star. In terms of size, which of the following would be the most appropriate thing to use?

Illustration by Jake Turcotte

An Arakyd Viper probe droid

A bantha

A womp rat

A TIE Fighter

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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