The five ... Answers in English exams

5th June 2009 at 01:00

1 - Q. Discuss the style of Romeo and Juliet

A. It's written entirely in Islamic pentameter

2 - Q. Use the word "judicious" in a sentence to illustrate its meaning

A. I am using judicious in this sentence to illustrate its meaning

3 - Q. In Pride and Prejudice, when does Elizabeth Bennet realise her feelings for Mr Darcy?

A. When she sees him coming out of the lake

4 - Q. Use a discursive style to answer the question, 'Why should we be optimistic about the future?'

A. Because if you're not, you ain't got much hope, have you?

5 - Q. Select an appropriate word for this definition: to be on water without sinking

A. Jesus

Excerpts from F in Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders. Published by Summersdale.

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