April 27, 2006


Sorry for the delay. I had today’s Axis of Weevil Thursday Three all completed and ready to go, but the more I thought about it the more I disliked the entire concept. Thankfully, I was able to rely upon our crack team of university scholars, one of whom had sent along a set of questions late yesterday afternoon. Since I had at first thought I liked my (now-superseded) set of questions, I informed the good professor that I would use his set next week, but upon further consideration, I think his were much superior.

THEREFORE, let’s get right to the FINAL EXAM EDITION of the Thursday Three!

Dr. Smith (soon to be deep in the grading of final exams himself) sends along the following for your consideration:

1. What was your luckiest experience with finals?
2. What was your worst experience?
3. Finally, do you have any recurring finals nightmares?

SO, there you are. Remember, keep your eyes on your own paper. You may not use your notes or your book. Leave an open seat between you and other commentors. You may not go to the restroom until after you finish your test. Use of a calculator is not necessary. All cell phones and pagers must be turned off. You will be given partial credit for partial answers. Proper grammar and spelling does count. Please leave your comments below, or a link to your own blog. You now have only fifteen seconds left to complete your exam, and you must do it while standing naked upon your table and singing “Rule Britannia.” (That last part you don’t really have to do.)

Now then, you may open your test booklets and commence.

AS for my answers…

I hate to be a spoilsport on this one, but honestly, I have never had test anxiety. I have wracked my brain (which obviously didn’t take long) to see if I could remember any really good horror stories about tests gone awry, or even if I ever got really lucky on a test. Nope. I can’t recall ever forgetting I was having a final, never recall blowing one horribly, never recall acing one I shouldn’t have, never recall having my calculator blow up, or anything like that. I’d go, take the test, and leave. Sometimes I did well, other times not. In any case, I was never really surprised by my grade, good or bad.

WHICH, I SUPPOSE, is why I never have nightmares about final exams. As I’ve mentioned before, I DO have recurring dreams of wandering around an unfamiliar campus looking for a lecture room, but never because I’m having a test.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 08:20 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 27, 2006 07:50 AM

I can't give many answers, but I blew a media ethics final big time.

It was my first written test after a hiatus of nearly ten years. F-bomb.

And it says something about your soul when you fail a media ethics test. The shame!

Posted by: Janis at April 27, 2006 07:56 AM


I admit I didn't even know there was such a thing.

It's a good thing they didn't have "Physics" ethics. I'd probably have failed that one too.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 27, 2006 08:04 AM

Janis- failing a media ethics test- considering the state of the MSM these days, you're not the only one to fail this test. I was going to say you were in good company but considering the folk's whose names came to mind- you're better than them already.

Posted by: Nate at April 27, 2006 08:21 AM

Nate, you're a sweet man.

Posted by: Janis at April 27, 2006 08:24 AM

I'm in.

Posted by: skinnydan at April 27, 2006 08:27 AM

Is it too late to turn this in? I need all the points I can get—I need this class to graduate you know. Anyway I’m UP.

Posted by: jim at April 27, 2006 08:54 AM

So, umm where do you want me to put my test booklet?

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 27, 2006 09:14 AM

Jimmy--you're fine, just turn in your work and quit making so much noise.

And Sarah, where you put it is fine, but please, next time don't draw big hearts and flowers and kittens all over the cover.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 09:18 AM

But...but... don't you LIKE kittens?

What sort of person doesn't like kittens?

Posted by: skinnydan at April 27, 2006 09:54 AM

Okay, but I didn't do that. I drew winged dragons and horses on mine.

I think miss Rebecca's got mixed in with my papers.

Posted by: Sarah G. at April 27, 2006 09:59 AM

There is a time and a place for everything, and the Thursday Three is NOT the time nor place for doodling pictures of kittens on the covers of your exam booklets! Or dragons and ponies, for that matter!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 11:07 AM

I think you need a real kitty—then you might recognize them.
No playing for me for a while, as I have to go and make out one exam and run off copies of another. I give that one at six tomorrow evening.

Posted by: jim at April 27, 2006 11:28 AM

1. Finding out that the freshman Economics final was multiple choice. Besides the fact that I was a senior competing with freshman, acing multiple choice exams is one of the Weevil family talents (going bald early is another). I finished the final in less than a half hour.
Later (about 9 years), I was almost finished with my Electrical Engineering MS at Johns Hopkins, and decided to take a summer course. An incentive to finish was that our youngest was born that July, so study time was over for a while. The luck was that it was a beginner level course in probability, that I could have taught. More luck was that the instructor handed out a very detailed syllabus, so I didn't bother to show up again except for the mid-term and the final.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 27, 2006 11:54 AM

2&3. Physical Chemistry (2 semesters) and Advanced Differential Equations were metaphorical nightmares. I was grateful to escape with Bs in P-chem and a C in Adv-DEs. No real nightmares, though.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 27, 2006 11:58 AM

I must protest - you never said this final would be all essay questions and no true/false. I'm complaining to the Dean!

Posted by: Diane at April 27, 2006 12:07 PM

Hmmm--let's see. Jimmy gets a D- for being impertinent.

Diane gets an A for being so cute, uhmm, I mean, persuasive.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 12:13 PM

I'm so busy preparing for tonight's presentation and studying for a final next week for my Logistics class, while also preparing and writing my portion of a group paper for my Business Policy class that I may have to ask for extra time for this TT.

Not much playing for me this weekend in spite of the spouse being away and me not needing any kitchen passes.

Posted by: Nate at April 27, 2006 12:14 PM

Was this a take home test?

Posted by: Jordana at April 27, 2006 12:17 PM

No excuses, Mr. McCord! Get to work right now!

And yes, Jordana--you can take your test home, and work on it as long as you like.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 12:26 PM

I'm actually drafting a letter today, in multiple copies, to be sent to several ranking Senatorial and Congressional critters, begging permission to go ahead with my big program that received the go-ahead last week.

I find that really remarkable.

Posted by: Nate at April 27, 2006 02:38 PM

Indeed it is. I will be even nicer if you get some thoughtful responses. I know they can do it if they try hard enough.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 03:00 PM

Hoo Boy a “D”. My GPA is on the rise again.

Posted by: jim at April 27, 2006 03:09 PM

D minus, Jimbo. And you know you could have done so much better if you'd just try a bit harder...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 03:28 PM

I might not make the Dean’s list but I bet I’m on a list the Dean has.

Posted by: jim at April 27, 2006 04:21 PM

Shhhh--I'm trying to sell that list to Larry over in another blog post...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 27, 2006 04:26 PM