Monday, September 28, 2020

Review of "F In Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers," by Richard Benson

 Review of

F In Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers, by Richard Benson ISBN 9780811878319

Five out of five stars

While all readers will find this book amusing, long-time teachers will enjoy it more and likely have memories triggered regarding some of the amusing answers that appeared on their exams. The questions are all common exam questions in the subject matter, what happened was that the student had no idea how to answer the question. Therefore, they raised the white flag after attaching a humorous and generally completely irrelevant note to it.

 For example, in the psychology section there is a stratified pyramid and the question is, “Fill in the sections of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” The answers from top to bottom were cake, ice cream, candy, chips and pizza. One found in the history and geography section is “Which artificial waterway runs between the Mediterranean and Red Seas?” The answer given is the sewage canal, wrong but a very good pun.

 All teachers have experienced students giving humorous and completely wrong answers and even perhaps given a point for humor rather than accuracy. From this collection, it is easy to understand the temptation.

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