It’s hard to say which question was most eyebrow-raising, but "What are the advantages of AIDS?" is a leading contender.
• “Have you ever had sex with the opposite gender?"
• “Why do people with low IQs participate in illegal pyramid schemes?”
• “Why are people who play games all day fools?”
• "Have you thought about giving birth to babies [as a patriotic act] for your country?”
The bizarre questions were from an exam administered by Guangxi province’s Beihai Art and Design School — part of a compulsory course on “Mao Zedong Thought and Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.”
Screenshots of the exam paper quickly went viral on the Chinese internet this weekend. Local media reported that the school has since demanded students delete any related posts and refuse all interview requests.
Guangxi's provincial education department launched an investigation into the exam on Monday.
The Beihai school said the questions were from a non-compulsory extra exam for the course, and were designed by a school executive named Zheng Ying.
This is not the first time that the school's exam questions have surprised students. The school used to tailor separate questions for female and male candidates.
In the past, female students have had to answer "Will women still be sexually harassed after they turn 40?" while male students had to respond to "What do you think of Jack Ma's appearance?"
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