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Goofy Test Answers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2244  Monday, 20 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Paul Swanson <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Dec 1999 09:54:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers

[2]     From:   Kristen McDermott <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Dec 1999 15:15:28 EST
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[3]     From:   Deborah Dale <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Dec 1999 22:55:06 -0800 (PST)
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Dec 1999 23:57:14 -0800
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From:           Paul Swanson <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Dec 1999 09:54:23 -0500
Subject: 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers

Jack Heller's "goofy test answers" post lead me to recall a similar
experience I had last year with a group of irresponsible seniors who
were assigned to study Hamlet, but either didn't do it at all or simply
skimmed the play over the night before it was due. Although I wish I
could say this is a joke, I swear these are ACTUAL STUDENT answers. I
even still have the tests to prove it:

Q: What happens to Hamlet at the end of the play?
A: Hamlet becomes king.

Certainly an interpretation that I have not seen before, and one that
challenges the notion that Hamlet DIES at the end of the play.

Another good one:

Q: Who is the woman that Hamlet was in love with.
A: Othello

I was not aware that these two characters knew one another, but
evidently they are quite close.

But this is my personal favorite...

Q: What does the Ghost tell Hamlet to do?
A: Beware the ides of March.

American education is up against a lot.

Paul Swanson

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From:           Kristen McDermott <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Dec 1999 15:15:28 EST
Subject: 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers

This isn't a test answer, but one of my British Survey students this
semester wrote in an essay on Margery Kempe, "Kempe decided to become
celibate after 40 years of martial sex."

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Date:           Friday, 17 Dec 1999 22:55:06 -0800 (PST)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2240 Goofy Test Answers

>Perhaps at this time of the year, it might be amusing to collect amusing
>test answers. So my question to my students who had read Antigone was
>"Another famous Greek tragedy was written about the father of Antigone
>and Ismene. Name their father."
>
>Four students' answer: King Lear.

I love goofy test answers!  Here is part of a paper someone recently
wrote about the founding of Jamestown (she was actively searching her
genealogical roots in Virginia at the time):

During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great
navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic.   His
ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe.  Later, the
Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's Progress. The
winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers.  Many people died and
many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.

D. Dale

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From:           Meg Powers Livingston <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Dec 1999 23:57:14 -0800
Subject:        Re: Goofy Test Answers

For the final exam in my Later Shakespeare course, during which we read
Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra, students offered the following as
responses in a section asking for brief IDs for various characters:

Ross:  a chain of discount clothing stores; a really great place to find
bargains

Charmian:  an exceptionally good brand of toilet paper

With many holiday chuckles,
Meg
 

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