"Write the best possible final exam question for this course, then answer it."


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/10/write-the-best-possible-fina.html


#2

The student never answered their own question though (as the question instructed them to). Unless they added a “20 GOTO 10” line after it.


#3

Thinly veiled opportunity for an affilliate link.
Now I have to clear my cookies.


#4

The best possible comment to this post is “This best possible comment to this post


#5

"the best possible final exam question for this course, then answer it."


#6

I’m answering it right now!


#7

This is the best possible reply to your comment.


#8

There was an English GCSE literature exam I saw with a loophole in the whole test that I (and everyone else I know who sat it) missed:

“Choose either question 1 or question 2, then either question 3 or question 4, then either question 5 or question 6.”

It says you have to choose questions, not answer them.


#9

winner winner chicken dinner


#10

Nothing like dusting off an old favourite :smirk:


#11

I’m dusting one off right now.


#12

Beware. You could die of old age answering this question this way.

The instructions say to write the question and then answer it. But if your answer to the test question is the test question itself and you have to answer it, then you’ll just have to repeat the process one level deeper. And so on ad infinitum.

Basically you could inception yourself.


#13

Shockingly, cleaner than the punchline I was about to add.


#14

What if the subject of the course isn’t recursion? What if it’s another area of inquiry entirely, such as theodicy?


#15

Suckup.
xxxxxxx


#16

But they did. The question they proposed was “Write the best possible final exam question for this course, then answer it”, and that was the question they were answering.


#17

https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/shall-we-try-this-again-questions-to-be-asked/126786/456

Although your answer possibly isn’t here…


#18

edit: Write the laziest possible final exam question for this course, then answer it.


#19

Poor logic. The student’s response is not a question.


#20

There goes my daily double.

I’ll take Potent Potables for $400 Alex…