Thursday, June 09, 2005

Exam Time

I'm not going to make a habit of publishing emails which get sent to me, but I found this one quite amusing...

Instructions: Read each question carefully. Answer any five questions you choose.
Time Limit: One hour. Begin immediately.

1. HISTORY - Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. Be brief, concise, and specific.

2. MEDICINE - You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture[stitch up] until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.

3. PUBLIC SPEAKING - 2,500 riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom. Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek.

4. BIOLOGY - Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system. Prove your thesis.

5. MUSIC - Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a piano under your seat.

6. PSYCHOLOGY - Based on your knowledge of their words, evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of the following: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ramses II, Gregory of Nicea, Hammurabi. Support your evaluation with quotations from each man's work, making appropriate references. It is not necessary to translate.

7. SOCIOLOGY - Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory.

8. ENGINEERING - The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been placed in a box on your desk. You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili. In ten minutes, a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room. Take whatever action you feel appropriate. Be prepared to justify your decision.

9. EPISTEMOLOGY - Take a position for or against Truth. Prove the validity of your position.

10. PHYSICS - Explain the nature of matter. Include in your answer an evaluation of the impact of the development of mathematics on science.

11. PHILOSOPHY - Sketch the development of human thought, estimate its significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.

EXTRA CREDIT - Define the Universe. Give three examples.
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