Great Answer. Wrong War.

The following is based on a true story told to me by a friend a long time ago.

Many, many years ago when Holly, an older student, took a college history course to finish her degree, she was shocked on the first day of class when the professor, after he explained what books they were required to read, said he would be there each class session but student attendance was optional except for the day of the final exam, the only grade taken in the class.

Blue Book Exam

“See you then,” he announced as he dismissed class.

Most students took him up on his lenient attendance policy, but not Holly. She attended each session of class, eagerly taking notes, reading and listening diligently and asking questions.

When exam day arrived, Holly was confident and as prepared as she could be for the test.She opened the blue book exam, read the rather broad question asking for a detailed description about a particular war and its significance to history.

Holly excitedly began writing.

She knew the answer. She had it in the bag. She would graduate!!

Holly wrote for hours until every page in the blue book exam was filled and she was more than satisfied with her answer.

A few days later, Holly received her graded blue book exam with a note inside, part of which said. “Great Answer. Wrong War.”

What do you think the rest of note said? Did Holly pass the class? Or did she have to retake it? What would you do if you were the teacher? If you were Holly?

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About barbarawmadden

I began teaching in 1981, but after a few years decided staying home with my children was what was best for my family. After almost 20 years raising four children, I returned to the classroom in 2005.

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