Over nine million high schoolers took the National College Entrance Exam, commonly known as the gaokao, this weekend. Like Churchill said of democracy, the gaokao may be the worst form of selecting college students, except for all the others. Notoriously difficult and stressful, as the following questions demonstrate, its also somewhat insane.
The Global Times posted the following example questions to its Facebook page, just transcribing them made my brain melt, answering them is beyond me:
Write an article based on the following material:
High school must have been a wonderful time in your life. You’ve made lasting friendships, studied together, helped and encouraged each other. Even arguments and fights bring unforgettable memories and help you mature.
According to a survey which asked students to rate their relationships with classmates, a total 60 percent of students felt “satisfied”, 36 percent answered “somewhat satisfied” and 4 percent responded “dissatisfied”.
If there are tensions among students, why do you think they exist? Some people blame strong sense of ego, some blame personality clashes, while others cite competitiveness.
In order to improve relations among students and create a harmonious atmosphere, 72 percent responded that mutual respect and understanding, as well as tolerance and selflessness could help create more harmonious relationships.
Scientist: If Edison were able to visit the 21st century for one week, what do you think would fascinate him the most?
Writer: Maybe mobile phones?
Scientist: I agree, mobiles epitomise the information age. It could be seen as a pocket computer. I think its range of functionality would surprise the great inventor.
Writer: Cell phones have not only impacted the way people communicate, but also their thoughts, feelings and overall consciousness. Edison might not have expected that.
What kind of association and impression do you get from the different opinions given by the scientist and writer?
What did this discussion between the scientist and writer make you imagine and think about?
“More important things”
Every day we strive for what we think is important, but there are more important things in this world. People have different opinions on the matter. Please select a point of view and write an essay about your thoughts.
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[Via: Beijing Cream]