University Exam Excerpts

Actual excerpts from British university student exams, as collected by the London Telegraph newspaper.

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Northern Rock's downfall can be attributed to the "laxative enforcement policies".
--Economics student at City University in London

"The Handmaid's Tale shows how patriarchy treats women as escape goats."
--Student at Bath Spa University

"Tackling climate change will require an unpresidented response."
--University of Southampton student

"Nirvana cannot be described because there are no words in existence for doing so. Not non-existence either, it is beyond the very ideas of existing and not existing."
--Student St Helens College of Art and Design, who were asked to "outline the importance of the four Noble Truths to the Buddhist faith".

"Control of infectious diseases is very important in case an academic breaks out."
--University of Southampton student

"The railways were invented to bring the Irish from Dublin to Liverpool where they were promptly arrested for being vagrants." and
"The railways were invented to take the weight off the motorways."
--Answers from two students at the St Helens College of Art and Design when asked to discuss the importance of railways in 19th-century Britain.

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Posted September 15, 2008

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