Simple Questions, Stupid Answers

I don’t usually post stuff I get from my inbox, but these are too good not to. Do note that these are actual answers by actual students. This proved that no matter how far our exams are dumbed down, it seems it’s not far enough for today’s pupils. But rather than admit defeat in the face of tricky questions, some decide to take a more creative approach to their answers. After scouring exam papers and speaking to teachers, humorist Richard Benson has collected the worst student howlers in a new book. Conclusion – you won’t know whether to laugh – or cry. Continue for more:


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13 Responses to “Simple Questions, Stupid Answers”


  1. 1 dilemmax December 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    lmao @ the last one.

  2. 3 Jason December 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Excellent stuff! Not sure I could pick a favorite out of those though. Expand 2(x + y) was pretty good!

  3. 5 khromalusional December 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    LMAO!! What a way to start my day. Thanks!

  4. 7 zzeed December 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    BigMacky,

    Malaria? Ahaha

  5. 9 Justy December 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I thought the Free Press and Varicose one is real funny.

  6. 11 joycescapade December 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Good read, I tweeted abt it as well. 🙂

  7. 13 Nat January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Hmmmmmm…. not sure if i’m missing something here but I don’t know how its funny??? but mariah carey does sing pretty high pitched notes which is probably one of the high frequency noises that a human can make.


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