Editor’s note: this year, nine million students sat their gaokao, a standardized exam that determines college admissions. This intense exam can be the key to a student’s social status and future. Here’s a selection of the questions.
China has four novels. Name them. [10 marks]
List ‘pi’ up to as many decimal points as you can. [20 marks]
Celebrate any dynasty from the following (Han/Song/Ming), then explain how much better things are today. [60 marks]
Boss Li has four factories making electronic parts. He smokes 40 cigarettes a day but usually gifts a box of 400 Chunghwas to his local inspector when they meet every month to discuss safety standards. His wife has a taste for expensive French clothes and Boss Li has two daughters who intend to study overseas.
His workers are unhappy, however, over Corporate’s decision to send a dispute resolution ‘baseball team’ to the family of a worker needing compensation for the arms she lost in a mechanical accident last year.
With a strike looming, the local environment bureau is also asking awkward questions about why Boss Li didn’t consult them before dumping toxins at a local beauty spot and his favorite mistress is demanding a new Jeep Cherokee. How big is Boss Li’s stability maintenance fee this year? [10 marks]
A 70-year-old grandpa in a rural village would like to donate his house to a local developer, who has good friendship with the municipal boss, county vice-magistrate, and a regent at a university who is a Party cadre. How far away, in kilometers, from the city center can the grandpa expect his new home to be located? [20 marks]
Who was Confucius? [10 marks]
‘Western media coverage of China is biased’ Agree. [50 marks]
A horse walks into a restaurant. The restaurant manager says: ‘Why the long face?’ Discuss. [200 marks]
Please list, in bullet-point format, the Twelve Ways ‘to be creative’ in China. [300 marks]
What am I thinking? [500 marks]
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