Cleopatra and exam questions

Over at The Anchoress (who is, btw, also a winner of a Catholic Blog Award o{];¬) ) there are hilarious examples of creative answers to math questions by students who clearly had no clue.

This reminded me of many years ago when I was a grad student teaching in the Classics Dept. of the Univ. of Minnesota (where they are anti-Catholic in the Theatre Dept.). The course was called "The Age of Caesar" and about 135 were enrolled, if memory serves. I had to create and grade essay exams. 135 essays Think about it.

One answer I will never forget.

I asked a question about the importance of Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. The response:

The main contribution of Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium was her uncanny ability to walk gracefully in high heels on the deck of a moving ship.

All these years later I remember that.

But wait…. I wonder.

Could that student have … no impossible. But still.

Might he have gone on to … create his own blog on Catholic issues?



No. Impossible. Another place. Another decade.

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  1. Sidney says:

    It reminds me my math test…
    Please pray for me!

  2. terry nelson says:

    That was true though – Cleo wore heels well.

  3. LSHIC! I read this post last night and thought it could be YOU, Terry?!? It’s SO something you would say.

    It’s 4:15 a.m. on Ash Wednesday-thanks for the big laugh as I start Lent!

  4. dad29 says:

    Never having bothered with reading the text, I was faced with writing a short definition of “macaronic” music. Naturally, I replied that it was a music which accompanies pasta, usually served with a melted-cheese topping.


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