The hardest exam in the world

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The hardest exam in the world

Postby Toby » 08 Oct 2018, 20:57

Only two people get a fellowship at All Souls.

Here are the questions

1. Is ignorance bliss?

2. Are there too many books?

3. Defend tweeting

4. Does Google know us better than we do?

5. Are Old Masters overrated?

6. Would you rather be a Vampire or a Zombie?

7. Are there topics one should not joke about?

8.Music came to a stop with Brahms (Wittgenstein). Discuss.

9. What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?

10. How should we close the gender pay gap?

11. Should sugar be taxed?

12. Is Classics racist?

13. Did the Englightement happen?

14. Is Tourism a necessary evil?

15. Is it time to give up the Nobel Peace Prize?

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Oct 2018, 20:59

How come they call it "All" Souls and only two people get in?

I think that's the real question. . .
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Positive Passion » 08 Oct 2018, 21:02

How long do you get and how manydo you have to answer?

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 21:34

Toby wrote:Only two people get a fellowship at All Souls.

Here are the questions

1. Is ignorance bliss?

2. Are there too many books?

3. Defend tweeting

4. Does Google know us better than we do?

5. Are Old Masters overrated?

6. Would you rather be a Vampire or a Zombie?

7. Are there topics one should not joke about?

8.Music came to a stop with Brahms (Wittgenstein). Discuss.

9. What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?

10. How should we close the gender pay gap?

11. Should sugar be taxed?

12. Is Classics racist?

13. Did the Englightement happen?

14. Is Tourism a necessary evil?

15. Is it time to give up the Nobel Peace Prize?


You can just answer yes or no to most of 'em..piece of piss!

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 21:39

I'd go for 6. It's just your standard technique v expression in art debate. We have that one on music on here all the time.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 08 Oct 2018, 21:41

You get similar questions on the General Studies 'A' level paper.
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Oct 2018, 21:48

Senior year of high school, they were holding a college English placement test at a local jr. college. You were supposed to pick one of three topics to do an essay on. After the essay, my friends, and some other guys from school, gathered around outside the auditorium to talk about which topic we wrote about.

One guy, George, listened, and said he combined all three topics into an essay.

We just kinda looked at each other and then burst out laughing.
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 08 Oct 2018, 21:52

Darkness_Fish wrote:This is a big fucking mess of absolute shit from the off.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 21:55

Pansy Puff wrote:
HEN wrote:You get similar questions on the General Studies 'A' level paper.

No you don't.


Actually you do..I used to teach it.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 22:06

Pansy Puff wrote:
The Modernist wrote:I'd go for 6. It's just your standard technique v expression in art debate. We have that one on music on here all the time.

For a superficial answer, yes, but I imagine a well constructed answer would go way beyond that.


Well it wasn't meant to be an answer, I was identifying what the debate was. How deeply you go with your argument and evidence depends on your ability and understanding of course..but you could say the same of any Humanities exam question.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 22:08

Pansy Puff wrote:Note, it says, "requires greater subtlety..."


He's just talking about technique. Trust me.

Actually don't - given I never got into Cambridge! :lol:

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 22:13

Pansy Puff wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Pansy Puff wrote:No you don't.


Actually you do..I used to teach it.

So did I. You didn't get questions like these. Not for at least 25 years. I didn't teach it before then.


You got questions like the ones in Toby's first post though. I found teaching it pretty impossible because the kids just didn't have the knowledge for it.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Oct 2018, 22:19

The Modernist wrote:
Pansy Puff wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Actually you do..I used to teach it.

So did I. You didn't get questions like these. Not for at least 25 years. I didn't teach it before then.


You got questions like the ones in Toby's first post though. I found teaching it pretty impossible because the kids just didn't have the knowledge for it.


Couldn't they just have questions like Who rules more: Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin?
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Robert » 08 Oct 2018, 22:19

Toby wrote:Only two people get a fellowship at All Souls.

Here are the questions

1. Is ignorance bliss?

2. Are there too many books?

3. Defend tweeting

4. Does Google know us better than we do?

5. Are Old Masters overrated?

6. Would you rather be a Vampire or a Zombie?

7. Are there topics one should not joke about?

8.Music came to a stop with Brahms (Wittgenstein). Discuss.

9. What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?

10. How should we close the gender pay gap?

11. Should sugar be taxed?

12. Is Classics racist?

13. Did the Englightement happen?

14. Is Tourism a necessary evil?

15. Is it time to give up the Nobel Peace Prize?


There are no answers to any of these questions. They are merely invitations to eloquently express a point of view.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 22:25

Pansy Puff wrote:I don't think you did. Not so open. You'd be given all sorts of context.

What I tried to do was teach general knowledge. Couldn't cover everything but I bloody tried.


It used to vary from exam board to exam board. The one we used to do there was no context, just a straight question (among a choice of questions). I remember one being about funding of the arts and another about the privatisation of water. This was in the late 90s..it's probably got a bit easier since.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 08 Oct 2018, 22:26

I remember one question: "if Dickens were alive today, he'd be writing for Coronation Street" - to what extent do you agree with this statement?

I actually enjoyed taking the exam - the only time that's ever happened! I got a 'B'
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby The Modernist » 08 Oct 2018, 22:26

sloopjohnc wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Pansy Puff wrote:So did I. You didn't get questions like these. Not for at least 25 years. I didn't teach it before then.


You got questions like the ones in Toby's first post though. I found teaching it pretty impossible because the kids just didn't have the knowledge for it.


Couldn't they just have questions like Who rules more: Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin?


The answer being that the first part of the statement is correct and it is The Who.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby oliltownofkathlehem » 08 Oct 2018, 22:27

Robert wrote:
Toby wrote:Only two people get a fellowship at All Souls.

Here are the questions

1. Is ignorance bliss?

2. Are there too many books?

3. Defend tweeting

4. Does Google know us better than we do?

5. Are Old Masters overrated?

6. Would you rather be a Vampire or a Zombie?

7. Are there topics one should not joke about?

8.Music came to a stop with Brahms (Wittgenstein). Discuss.

9. What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?

10. How should we close the gender pay gap?

11. Should sugar be taxed?

12. Is Classics racist?

13. Did the Englightement happen?

14. Is Tourism a necessary evil?

15. Is it time to give up the Nobel Peace Prize?


There are no answers to any of these questions. They are merely invitations to eloquently express a point of view.


a few of em are pretty loaded, though...

9. What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?

14. Is Tourism a necessary evil?


... mwhaha.

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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Goat Boy » 08 Oct 2018, 22:37

I'd take on 4 and 6 in that Cambridge exam if I had time but I'd prioritise 6.
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby harvey k-tel » 09 Oct 2018, 14:20

I just answered "yes" to the first one and skipped the rest.
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