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College entrance exam topics viewed as strange


11:12, June 09, 2012

BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Many Chinese consider the questions for the literature component of the just-ended college entrance exam as strange, while some think they were ethically orientated.

The literary composition is the heaviest item in the exam, which is held June 7-8 every year.

Shortly after the exam ended noon Thursday, the questions were revealed and have since been widely discussed.

"I would have failed the exam if I had taken it this year," said Peng Dan, a 30-year-old IT manager from Chongqing municipality. "Maybe students now have more imagination than us."

Tianjin municipality's exam question for the literary component asked examinees to write an article based on two fish talking with each other about water quality.

"It sounds weird," said Wang Yali, a marketing personnel who took the exam 13 years ago.

But the most weird question was in the exam given in Shaanxi, Henan, Heilongjiang and some other provinces that use the same test paper. The test asked the examinees to write an article based on a worker painting a boat that he fixes a hole in. For his troubles, the owner of the boat gives him a large amount of money.

The owner says,"I thought my children would never come back when they went to sea in the boat, as I knew there was a hole in it."

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