We all have to fail sometimes. But there's something glorious about failing with style.
A new book, “The best test paper blunders” give some great examples of exam answers from the most clueless - and inventive - of students. Some are very nearly right ("What happens to your body when taking a breath? Your chest gets bigger"), but some are very wrong indeed (Is the moon or the sun more important? The moon gives us sight at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don't. Therefore the moon is more important). Laugh...and weep for the state of education!
1) Classical Studies
Question: Name one of the early Romans' greatest achievements.
Answer: Learning to speak Latin
Question: What is a fibula?
Answer: A little lie
3) General Studies
Question: Jeff has been asked to collect data about the amount of television his friends watch. Think of an appropriate question he could ask them.
Answer: How much TV do you watch?
4) Classical Studies
Question: What were the circumstances of Julius Caesar's death?
Answer: Suspicious ones
Question: Give an example of a smoking-related disease
Answer: Early death
Question: What are the Pyramids?
Answer: The Pyramids are a large mountain range which splits France and Spain
Question: What is a plasmid?
Answer: A high definition television
Question: In Pride and Prejudice, at what moment does Elizabeth Bennet realize her true feelings for Mr Darcy?
Answer: When she sees him coming out of the lake.
Question: What do we call a person forced to leave their home perhaps by a natural disaster or war, without having another home to go to.
10) Religious Studies
Question: Christians only have one spouse, what is this called?
Question: In the Hawaiian Islands, there are around 500 different species of fruit fly. Give a reason for this
Answer: There are approximately 500 varieties of fruit
Question: Name an environmental side effect of burning fossil fuels
Question: Define the term "intensive farming".
Answer: It is when a farmer never has a day off.
Question: Change 7/8 to a decimal
Question: What does the term "lava" mean?
Answer: A pre-pubescent caterpillar
16) General Studies
Question: Redundancy is often an unpleasant and unexpected event in someone's life. Give two examples of unexpected life events.
Answer: 1) death 2) Reincarnation
Question: What was introduced in the Children's Charter of 1908?
18) Business Studies
Question: Explain the word "wholesaler".
Answer: Someone who sells you whole items - eg, a whole cake
Question: The race of people known as Malays come from which country?
Question: What artificial waterway runs between the Mediterranean and Red Seas?
Answer: The Sewage Canal
Question: Name one famous Greek landmark
Answer: The most famous Greek landmark is the Apocalypse
Question: Expand 2 (x + y)
Answer: 2 ( x + y )
2 ( x + y )
2 ( x + y )
23) Business Studies
Question: Assess Fashion House pls's choice to locate its factory near Birmingham. Is Birmingham the right location for this type of business?
Answer: No. People from Birmingham aren't very fashionable.
Question: Where was the American Declaration of Independence signed?
Answer: At the bottom.
Question: What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common?
Answer: Unusual names.