Welcome to How to Be Dutch, the Quiz: the questions that SHOULD be on the Dutch citizenship exam, according to an American Netherlander who’s been in the country for 20 years. If you’re looking for an official guide to the Netherlands, this is not it.
If you’re looking for some odd Dutch quirks – in snarky quiz form – then this book is for you. The official Dutch assimilation course can be described as ‘a room full of non-Dutch people learning things about Dutch people that are unknown to most Dutch people.’ On the official exam, many Dutch people score worse than the non-Dutch people do. So welcome to this self-made quiz. It can’t be any weirder than the real one.
Gregory Shapiro: Comedian. American. Dutchman. Celebrating 25 years in comedy. Mr. Shapiro is a comedian, columnist and awkward Dutch-speaker. For 20 years, he has catalogued his clumsy assimilation into the Dutch culture with Boom Chicago Comedy Theater, BNRfm and Comedy Central.