Sample Exam Questions

Computer Science: Write a fifth-generation computer language. 
Using this language, write a computer program to finish the rest
of this exam for you.

History: Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to
the present day, concentrating on its social, political,
economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, America,
Asia, and Africa.  Be brief and concise, yet specific.

Electrical Engineering: You will be placed in a nuclear reactor
and given a partial copy of the electrical layout.  The
electrical system has been tampered with.  You have seventeen
minutes to find the problem and correct it before the reactor
melts down.

Pre-Med: You will be provided with a rusty razor blade, a piece
of gauze, and a full bottle of Scotch.   Remove your appendix. 
Don't suture until your work as been inspected.  You have 15

Public Speaking: Twenty-five hundred riot-crazed aboriginies are
storming the classroom.  Calm them.  You may use any ancient
language except Latrin, Hebrew, or Greek.

Biology: Create life.  Estimate the differences in subsequent
human culture if this life form had developed 500,000 years
earlier, with special attention to the effect, if any, on the
English parliamentary system circa 1750.  Prove your thesis.

Civil Engineering: This is a practical test of your design and
building skills.  With the boxes of toothpicks and glue present,
build a platform that will support your weight when you and your
platform are suspended over a vat of nitric acid.

Music: Write a full piano concerto.  Orchestrate and perform it
with a clarinet and drum.  You will find a piano under your seat.

Psychology: Based on your knowledge of their early works,
evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and
repressed frustrations of each of the following: Alexander of
Aphrodisias, Ramses II, and Gregory of Nicea.  Support your
evaluation with quotations from each man's work, making
appropriate references.  It is not necessary to translate.

Chemistry: You must identify a poison sample which you will find
at your lab table.  All necessary equipment has been provided. 
There are two beakers at your desk, one of which holds the
antidote.  If the wrong substance is used, it causes instant
death.  You may begin as soon as the professor injects you with a
sample of the poison.  (We feel this will give you an incentive
to find the correct answer.)

Sociology: Estimate the sociological problems which might be
associated with the end of the world.  Construct an experiment to
test your theory.

Mechanical Engineering: The disassembled parts of a howitzer have
been placed in a box on your desk.  You will also find an
instruction manual, printed in Machine Language.  In ten minutes
a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room.  Take
whatever action you feel appropriate.  Be prepared to justify
your actions.

Economics: Describe in four hundred words or less what you would
have done to prevent the Great Depression.

Mathematics: Derive the Euler-Cauchy equations using only a
straightedge and compass.  Discuss in detail the role these
equations had on mathematical analysis in Europe during the

Political Science: There is a red telephone on the desk beside
you. Start World War III.  Report at length on its
socio-political effects, if any.

Religion: Perform a miracle.  Creativity will be judged.

Art: Given one eight-count box of crayons and three sheets of
notebook paper, recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Skin
tones should be true to life.

Physics: Explain the nature of matter.  Include in your answer an
in-depth evaluation of the impact of the development of
mathematics on science.

Metaphysics: Describe in detail the probably nature of life after
death.  Test your hypothesis.

Philosophy: Sketch the development of human thought and estimate
its significance.  Compare with the development of any other kind
of thought.

General Knowledge: Describe in detail.  Be specific.

Extra Credit: Define the universe, and give three examples.