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Degrees of weirdness

Students in Guangxi who sat a compulsory exam paper on ‘Mao Zedong Thought’ recently could be forgiven for feeling confused about its contents.

Presumably prepped for questions like ‘The dictatorship of the proletariat is a good idea. Discuss’ they were taken aback by a series of nonsensical questions about their sex lives instead.

Second year-students at the Beihai College of Art and Design knew the paper would count for 10% of their overall grade so they did their best to answer each of the questions asked of them. However, news site Guancha said that many of them later admitted to feeling uncomfortable about queries like ‘have you ever had sexual relations with the opposite gender’; ‘have you made marriage preparations yet’ and ‘can you describe what it feels like to give birth?”

One student said it was not the first time these types of questions had made it onto the college’s political thought papers, with a prior exam asking its takers to ‘describe your dream lover’.

The current paper was widely mocked online, reports the South China Morning Post, particularly a question that required examinees to weigh up ‘the benefits of having Aids’.


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