The World According to Undergraduates

Undergraduates say funny, funny things. Whether from lack of sleep or lack of studying they often make mistakes on tests. Now there’s a website devoting to curating these errors. Introducing World History According to Undergrads:

This site is run by a number of teaching assistants and graduate instructors at a major American university that shall remain nameless. One of our favorite, if frustrating, pastimes is comparing the ridiculous responses we get from our students on exams, quizzes, and papers. It has gotten to the point that we feel these are just too much fun to keep to ourselves.

Some of the entries are really, really funny. Most of these things are really more like spelling errors or typos (“Some Colonists appeared to be just trying to survive without paying to many taxis.” “Martin Luther King was an important advocate for racism.”) It’s the factual errors, however, that can be particularly amusing.

“The Spanish-American War was between the United States and France,” one student wrote. Another undergraduate wrote, apparently in response to an essay question, that “…after a series of power struggles between several groups and families, John Lennon emerges as the new leader of Russia.”


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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer