Down with six-word stories, down with one word exams (I say)

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Current events
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…Yes, six word stories are cute for about five minutes, as are Tweets of all kinds, but how valuable (intellectually speaking) is the Oxford tradition of the one word exam? “…The exam was simple yet devilish, consisting of a single noun (“water,” for instance, or “bias”) that applicants had three hours somehow to spin into a coherent essay. An admissions requirement for All Souls College here, it was meant to test intellectual agility, but sometimes seemed to test only the ability to sound brilliant while saying not much of anything…” Here.

Update: Six words too much? One word not enough? How about four-word reviews…Review of a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performance: “Conservative, but right on.”

Update: Yes, we were missing a five: now remedied. Five word speeches.

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