Photo of parents waiting for their kids to finish the Gaokao from KDS
From today (June 7) to the 9th, Shanghai’s poor high school students are and will be taking the gaokao – the penultimate test that decides your future in this country for ever and ever, or something.
In Shanghai alone, 66,000 students are expected to head to six specific testing districts these next three days. To make it easier for them, Shanghai has promised to provide better and quieter transportation options as well as offer medicines (against heatstroke) and stationary at many subway stations.
Anyway, one huge part of the exam – the National Essay – has already passed, and already Chinese news sources are all abuzz with what the essay questions were. Here’s the national ones from CRI:
College Entrance Essay: National I
Comic essay. On the table there are many cats with fish and just one cat with a mouse. The other cats asked “When there’s fish, you’ll still eat a mouse?”
College Entrance Essay: National II
“Path/Route”: Please using “path/route” as a subject and write an essay.
Requirements: 1) Choose your own point of view, your own concept. 2) Other than poetry, the style is open-ended. 3) Less than 800 words.
Yeah! It sounds as confusing to me too. Anyone who’s actually Chinese/taken the gaokao know what this is all about?
They also released the Shanghai City-specific question:
Using the following, think of a point of view and with the proposed topic, write an essay that is
less thanat least 800 words (do not write poetry).
When Danes go fishing they bring a ruler, when they’ve cauhgt a fish they will often measure it and, if the fish isn’t big enough, they will let it go. They say: “Isn’t it better to let a little fish grow up?” 2000 years ago, Mencius said “Many nets won’t enter pools and ponds, fish and turtles won’t become eaten.” Meaning, if you don’t use nets with small holes to catch fish, there will be more fish.
Really, the logic in those words can be applied to very many parts of our current way of life.
What do you think your essays would be on those topics?