The 7th graders were supposed to take an exam on Ancient China. One of the test questions reads:
Confucius wanted men to take the Civil ________________________ Exam to see who would make a good public official.
The answers from students include:
I don't understand it. We studied the Civil Service Exam in some depth, and most of the kids did quite well on the rest of the test. I guess this is proof that some test-takers never look beyond the first few words of the question. This is right up there with the large group of kids who said that a group of monks will live together in a community called a Montessori.