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 Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:20

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?

I'm fascinated by things like this. I think it is a noble aim to strive for school pupils to be able to discuss questions like these. This list, and others like it, require such a breath of knowledge, and that's even before you consider the ability to write eloquently on the topic in hand. As a headteacher I would want all pupils to be able to read these questions without being scared, confused or bored.
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Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:22

Positive Passion wrote:How long do you get and how manydo you have to answer?

You choose three. Not sure how long you get.
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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 Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:35

Another one I love. 1974 entrance exam for English at Cambridge.
...one or two essays...
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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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Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Oct 2018, 21:41

You get similar questions on the General Studies 'A' level paper.
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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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Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:50

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

No you don't.
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Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:51

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.
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Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 21:52

Note, it says, "requires greater subtlety..."
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Postby SUMPTUOUS SI » 08 Oct 2018, 21:52

Dimbo wrote:The media are run by the CIA. They write what they tell them to write.

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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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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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Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 22:09

The Modernist wrote:
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.

So did I. You didn't get questions like these. Not for at least 25 years. I didn't teach it before then.
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Re: The hardest exam in the world

Postby Pansy Puff » 08 Oct 2018, 22:09

The Modernist wrote:
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:

0/25.

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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.