Most Controversial Exam Questions

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.
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Ever received a controversial exam question that tiptoed the boundary of acceptable and “hell-no”? Our staff definitely has! Here’s a compilation of real exam questions that tiptoe that boundary we were talking about.

  • Citing specific examples from Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” explain how white people ruin fucking everything.
  • Compare and contrast William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” (1789) with the U2 album “Songs of Innocence” (2014).
  • If you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment, would you capture it… or just let it slip?
  • Assume in a completely hypothetical situation that I am going through a rough patch in my life and didn’t have time to make an exam; what questions would you ask for this exam?
  • Circle your TA’s name.
  • Why won’t my kids call me back?
  • A cheating wife and her lover walk into a bar. After they order their drinks, a bartender who looks suspiciously like her husband wearing a fake mustache emerges behind the counter and gives them 2 hefty glasses of a gray substance. The lover drinks it and dies. The wife squints at the bartender as if she recognizes him so he runs away, and now a man’s dead, and the bartender’s wife has a warrant out for his arrest. What should he do? I mean, do you think he’s safe? Could he get away with a heat-of-passion deal or does it sound premeditated? Should he leave town? There is no length requirement. Take as much space as you need to appropriately answer the question.
  • Have you killed a man? If yes, please detail the methods of execution and disposal. If no, see me after class.
  • Was the ending of “Inception” a dream?
  • Hot dogs or legs?