And let us recall, too, the reactions to the study experience. There were the procrastinators, of course. I mean, I don't think you can write about tests without mentioning procrastination. There were the Emelines, who finished one test and started studying for the next one immediately after, although it was weeks away. (AND LOOK AT HER NOW, folks! A super success!) There was me, studying history and astronomy on the elliptical and memorizing the syllabus for a Spanish literature final, because where else was I going to find a complete list of all the poems we'd read? There were the study sessions of brownies and delirium and hysterical giggles when you pass maximum capacity for knowledge taken in and sleep not taken.
Then we had the test itself. I've always had a number of friends who decried multiple choice. "I'd so much rather write an essay," they'd say.
True confession: My writing self will take multiple choice any day.
- It's faster.
- The answer is in front of you.
- You don't really have to demonstrate a strong grasp on the material if you can at least tell what's not correct.
- If you know the answer, it goes even faster!
- How can you forget the satisfaction of darkening the Scantron bubbles with your freshly sharpened number two pencil?
In honor of my exam tonight (what? A test after grad school?!), here's to you, rote memorization, good guesses, and a mind that holds all it can!
#91: Chris Young, "Tomorrow"