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French Teenagers Answer Hard Questions

By Matthew Yglesias on June 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm

"French Teenagers Answer Hard Questions"

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Alex Massie observes that the questions asked on le bac—basically France’s college admissions test—seem mighty ambitious. From the literature series (my translation):

— Does objectivity in history presuppose the impartiality of the historian?

— Does language betray though?

— Explicate an excerpt from Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation

And from the science series:

— Are there questions that are un-answerable by science?

The correct answers are no, no, I don’t know anything about Schopenhauer, and yes. Apparently there’s also a question asking if it’s absurd to desire the impossible. I think it is.

Either way, I think it’s safe to say that Barack Obama’s nowhere near turning us into France.

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