Brilliant Answers

This student aced the test and flunked it at the same time:

  1. In which battle did Napoleon die? – His last battle
  2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? – At the bottom of the page
  3. River Ravi flows in which state? – Liquid
  4. What is the main reason for divorce? – Marriage
  5. What is the main reason for failure? – Exams
  6. What can you never eat for breakfast? – Lunch and dinner
  7. What looks like half an apple? – The other half
  8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea, what will it become? – It will simply become wet
  9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping? – No problem, he sleeps at night
  10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? – You’ll never find an elephant that has only one hand
  11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand, and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have? – Very large hands
  12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it? – No time at all, the wall is already built
  13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? – Concrete floors are very hard to crack 

I would have given the student 100%. What would you have given them?


4 thoughts on “Brilliant Answers

  1. I would give this student 100% for creativity, if that was the purpose of the test/ assignment. However, if the content that was needed to provide the traditionally correct answers was covered in class, then I would give this student a 0 as later on in life (like in university), answers like the ones above would produce a smile but no marks! So I really wouldn’t be doing the student a favor by giving them a grade of 100%.

    1. You’re right – it’s all about the context and the answers we are looking for when we tells students our expectations of appropriate answers. In this case, I assume the teacher was looking for answers in regards to information taught in class. I smiled when I saw the answers – but its a hard call as to what mark they should receive if the expectations were not defined.

  2. I think that Achsah’s comment shows exactly where lies the problem of education and assessment… I remember I used to give half a point (out of 1) for creative answers. Creativity is sometimes much more important than the “correct” answer. In my opinion.
    And I disagree with the answer no. 6. I often eat lunch for my breakfast…

    1. Thanks Anna. Creativity is definitely important. Unfortunately it will be a while before we see a big shift and change in standardized tests, but for now I think we can make positive changes in the individual assessments we choose to create and use within our classrooms.

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