Millions of Chinese high school students take strenuous "gaokao," the national college entrance examination every year. The most challenging work of all can be essay writing in Chinese, where candidates have a time to write in a given ad, and most of them are notoriously elliptical. There are eight versions for different provinces and here are some examples of this year's documents.
"Each generation has its own opportunities, mission and challenges, you are walking and growing together with China in the New Era, pursuing and fulfilling your dreams," writes an article.
Candidates must write an essay that will be kept in a time capsule, which will be opened in 2035 by adolescents who turn 18 that year. It provides additional information that students can use as a guide: "2020, the modestly prosperous society is fully implemented, 2035, socialist modernization is carried out."
Sichuan candidates have to write an essay according to three slogans. One of which is "In Shenzhen in 1981, time is money, efficiency is life". No information is provided on how time and geographical context matter.
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Beijing candidates are more fortunate since they can choose between one or two applications, but neither is simple. The first option is to write an argumentative essay about "New Era New Youth, growing while the mother country develops". The alternative is a narrative essay on "lucid waters and exuberant mountains", which describes "a beautiful scene where men and nature coexist". peacefully. "
Students in Shanghai came across a more philosophical enigma: they are asked to share their thoughts about" being necessary. "
" In life, humans not only are they concerned about their own needs, but we also want to be needed, "writes the notice.
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Yes Well these are not easy topics, they can not compete with some of the most whimsical questions of the exam in the past.
In 2016, the Beijing candidates chose between writing about an interactive "mysterious marker" and that can help you to reach their desires (which sounds more like Aladdin's lamp) or to explain why the "old accent" can be dazzling.
The previous year, the Anhui candidates scratched their heads with a test message that stops He was testing his knowledge of science. The document described the students observing the wings of the butterfly under the microscope and arriving at the conclusion that the "butterfly" wings are initially colorless, only reflect different colors under the light due to their microscopic structure. "
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Candidates are required to write an essay based on this story, but even more disconcerting is the fact that this description does not It is scientifically correct, while some butterflies have iridescent colors due to their scales, some are brown and yellow due to melanin.