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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Birth order can significantly predict success, personality and life direction, experts say.

Take the quiz below, based on questions by, to test your knowledge of how birth order affects our lives (scroll to the bottom for answers):

1. Why do first-borns come out on top in life?

a) They have a physical size advantage and can usually boss around younger siblings.

b) Parents will leave them all the inheritance.

c) They usually pursue the highest level of education.

2. Which child is the least likely to pursue a higher education?

a) The trouble child: Middle

b) The over-confident one: Eldest

c) The privileged: Baby

3. Show me the money! Which is true?

a) Only children are 18 percent less likely to make between $100,000 – $150,000

b) Middle children are more likely to make between $100,000 – $150,000 compared to younger siblings

c) Firstborn children are more likely to make more than $100,000

d) All of the above.

4. In the pursuit of higher education, which is true?

a) Middle children are the least likely to get a Ph.D.

b) As the number of children rises in a family, the likelihood that they will pursue a bachelor’s degree decreases.

c) Single Children are the most likely to get a Masters Degree

d) Firstborn children in a family of two kids are 20 percent more likely to pursue a Ph.D.


1. C

2. C

3. D

4. B and D