Strange Answers to Test Questions

If you have been an educator, you know the types of answers some students will come up with, when they don’t know the correct answer.  Some of them are stupid, others are silly, but some of them will put a smile on your face.

The following questions were set in last year’s GCSE examination in England.  These are genuine answers from 16-year olds, not very bright, but certainly funny and entertaining.

This is what they wrote on their exams.  Here we go.

Q. Name the four seasons.
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A. Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q. How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What causes the tides in the oceans?
A. The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins the fight.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q. What happens to your body as you age?
A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A. Premature death.

Q. What is artificial insemination?
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow?

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour?
A. Keep it inside the cow.

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g., the abdomen)?
A. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I, O and U.

Q. What is the fibula?
A. A small lie.

Q. What is the most common form of birth control?
A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.

Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section’.
A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome.

Q. What is a seizure?
A. A Roman Emperor.

Q. What is a terminal illness?
A. When you are sick at the airport.

Q. What does the word ‘benign’ mean?
A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

Q. What is a turbine?
A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head.

Yep, I know.  English sometimes is hard to sink in.  Good Day.

3 thoughts on “Strange Answers to Test Questions”

  1. Guilty!
    I have sometimes been forced into “creative” answers when memory (or lack of study) has left me clueless. I once answered a question on an American History exam:

    “Name a year and the number of tons of coal exported.”
    Since the time period we were studying covered the Industrial Revolution, I’m sure the teacher was expecting an answer from one of the many charts in the textbook.

    My answer, “1492, none”.

    It was marked wrong and my appeal that the answer was indeed correct fell on deaf ears. 🙂
    jim and nena
    fort worth, tx

  2. Hi Jim and Nena:

    Your answer was technically correct, but not applicable to the test. Another correct answer would have been: 500 B.C., None. Correct again, but incorrect. Deaf ears again.

    Take Care,


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