Ambiguous "true-false" answer

Screen Shot 2012 05 24 at 10 54 16 AMI hope this was a clever student's attempt to answer a question that he or she didn't know the answer to. (Via Bit & Pieces)


  1. He has a bright future running the lab for “Little Bit Pregnant Testing”.

  2. I was in an Advanced Civics class in Jr. High and we were assigned a project to do two page bios for every president to date. 80 page assignments are daunting for a 13 year old.  Everyone swapped work and as a result the entire class was busted for plagiarism. The interesting thing that happened with this was that the brightest kids in the school started questioning the traditional educational process and advocating group work in papers and science projects. As I rose through High School with these individuals it became a more apparent catalyst for getting these bright kids thinking outside the scan tron form of education. I would give little ms. or mr. true/false a gold star.

    1. In high school we all had a similar stupidly huge assignment in American History.  I embedded in my first draft a non sequitur phrase: “If you read this, Mr. xxxxx, and point it out to me, I will give you ten bucks.”  I received a 100 on that assignment in red on the front when he handed it back.  He never told me he’d read it, so therefore I knew he hadn’t read *any* of it and I could bullshit the remaining ones, save the first page or so.  I showed it to my friends and we had a good laugh and got a lot more rest and free time after that.

      (Acts of Congress are written in much the same way, to this day)

      1. I had to write  several 20 page papers for geography in high school, and combine them into one long paper at the end of the year.  Around the time of one of the turn ins, his wife’s cancer took a turn for the worse, and that paper ended up being graded entirely based on how accurate the margins on the first page were.  I… I can’t really fault him for that.  He was a great guy.  :(

        1. I had a high school history teacher who gave the final exam on the first and last day of class. The whole class did worse after the semester. Yeah, he was going through a bitter divorce that year.

      2.  I had a not particularly smart teacher in high school and so on a test, when I didn’t know the answer to a question, I wrote nonsensical sentences made up of words I figured she wouldn’t know the meanings of. And it paid off. I got a check mark next to them.

  3. Honestly, “indeterminate” is a valid answer for true/false questions. No fudging necessary.

  4. Reminds me of the “accent horizontale” that people would write in French class when they couldn’t remember if the accent on a letter was acute or grave…

  5. ok well, obviously that answer is 70% true, 30% false, due to the fact that there is insufficient ambiguity about the second character. 

  6. By the way Frue in Danish is an old lady, often when discussing if something technical will be acceptable to the general public or bits of policy someone will always refer to what Frue Hansen will think of the matter. 

  7. As a teacher, when you’re running through the answers to dozens of tests quickly, and chanting an answer key in your head like “A-C-D-A-False-False-True; A-C-D-A-False-False-True…”, there’s only a split second for your brain to register the mark. Personally, I’m not sure I’d catch this one.

  8. And thus we see how a young George Walker Bush got through the “business ethics” classes at Harvard Business School.

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