We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Answer all questions. Time Limit: 4 hours. Begin immediately.
1.HISTORY Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present, concentrating especially but not exclusively on its social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America, and Africa.Be brief, concise, and specific.
2.MEDICINEYou have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of scotch.Remove your appendix.Do not suture until your work has been inspected.You have fifteen minutes.
3.PUBLIC SPEAKING2500 riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom.Calm them.You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek.
4.BIOLOGYCreate Life.Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system.Prove your thesis.
5.MUSICWrite a piano concerto.Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a piano under your seat.
6.PSYCHOLOGYBased on your knowledge of their works, evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of the following: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ramses II, Gregory of Nicea, and Hammurabi. Support your thesis with quotations from each man's work, making appropriate references. It is not necessary to translate.
7.SOCIOLOGYEstimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world.Construct an experiment to test your theory.
8.ENGINEERINGThe disassembled parts of a high powered rifle have been placed on your desk.You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili.In three minutes a hungry Bengal Tiger will be admitted to the room.Take whatever action you feel is appropriate.Be prepared to justify your decision.
9.ECONOMICSDevelop a realistic plan for repaying the national debt.Trace the effects of your plan on the following areas: cubism, the Donatist controversy, the wave theory of light.Outline a method for preventing these effects. Criticize this method from all possible points of view.Point out the deficiencies in your point of view, as demonstrated by your answer to the last question.
10.POLITICAL SCIENCEThere Is a red telephone on the desk beside you.Start World War III. Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any.
11.EPISTEMOLOGYTake a stand for or against truth.Prove the validity of your position
12.PHYSICSExplain the nature of matter.
13. PHILOSOPHYSketch the development of human thought.Estimate its significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.
14.GENERAL KNOWLEDGEDescribe in detail.Be objective and specific.
Wonderful! Thank you for the first chuckle all day! I always love your stuff!
#3 would be fun...and #8 (had a planter grandfather who frequently had to quell coollie riots, who would leave his guns inside, go out on the verandah and address the torch waving, yelling disgruntled workers, tell them not to be so damn silly and go back to bed in the cottages he had built them...And they would leave peacably...)
Of course not. But they don't let you in to my alma mater without supreme BS skills, so if I were around anyone besides the erudite types on Maggie's Farm, I'd have tap danced beautifully around each and every question.
OK, i be dun...i wents and let my aunt milagro grade it up on me. she be on page tree an say i be a wiz.
i dun sum combin'n like i took music,engines, and e-pissin'n inta one big'n.
then i tur'on da burners and locked up all dim Ologies inta one plus fur X-tra credut i added skinn'n possum, and banjo tun'in.
i reck'un by the time aunt milagor finish i be ready fo a catfish and furball sandwich. always withs lots o mayo...a gud darn test'n ..lik the driv'n big rig school i almost did.
i'll send in da scor on a day later.