Monday, December 2, 2013
Stupidist Test Question: #1
How much money did the main character owe to the IRS?:
You start to sweat. Damn. You look around. Do other kids actually have this dollar amount cpmmitted to memory? You get distracted. You skim the test and see other similarly random questions. You DO understand that owing money to the IRS is central to the book's plot -- the debt forces the main character to go to work in a camp, a place where most of the story unfolds -- and you would love to discuss that. Heck, you would even be able to stand up at that moment and provide a 10-minute soliloquey about the debt and how it effs up the main character's life. BUT: You must answer the question. If you get it and the other random questions wrong, you just might not get into college. Seriously. Because you need an A+ to get into college. Not a B. Certainly not a C.
You sort of feel like crying. After class, you talk to your friends. They panicked over the same random questions. Maybe the teacher will curve it? Ah, but herein lies the problem: five or so smarty-pants kids WILL know the answer. When they studied, they probably made flow charts. They probably used five-color highlighters. They wrote down every dollar amount or number in the book on index cards and taped them to the walls of their bedroom. Or not. Maybe they were simply born with photographic memories for numbers.
The worst part? You just know that you will bomb the next test -- for the same reason. And you can not see a way around it.