Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. runar

    runar said, almost 4 years ago

    Speaking as a former teacher, BS in essays is easy to catch and fun to tear up.

  2. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    There’s always hope that something in an essay answer will get you partial credit.

  3. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    what is the point of essays?

  4. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, almost 4 years ago


    You’ll have to essay the point to find the answer to that.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 4 years ago

    To me, multiple choice is much easier than passing off what some people consider male bovine dung!

  6. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Better still: put your answer in the form of a palindrome, or in the form of an acrostic where both the full text AND the text composed of the first letter of each word form part of the correct answer.

  7. furrykef

    furrykef said, almost 4 years ago

    Given how strict the comics page is, I’m surprised this was considered printable.

  8. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 4 years ago


    Especially in the essay question themselves, when they are not based on anything taught by the teacher or in the textbook.

  9. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 4 years ago

    To state the obvious, both methods should be used. One is quicker, but doesn’t really asses understanding, and an essay question can show a level of understanding, but takes a lot of time to asses. If you can’t explain something, you don’t understand it…

  10. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, almost 4 years ago

    Essay question:
    1. Shows you remember more. Fewer hints from the question text; no chance of randomly choosing right answer.
    2. If done well, shows you have ability to reason from one step to the next, or at least remember that it was presented that way. Most jobs rely more on reasoning than just memorizing some facts, so it’s a more important skill to develop.
    3. NEGATIVE – I’ve also seen questions on tests that were clearly designed to prove that the teacher still knew (or had read) more than the students. (And I’m not talking about “extra credit”.)
    4. OTOH: I had one teacher who gave “extra credit” questions who told us during the last class before each test EXACTLY what the extra credit question would be. If you didn’t take the trouble to read the extra few pages, it was your own d*** fault.

  11. Dave M

    Dave M said, almost 4 years ago

    Strange that no one mentioned how much time it takes for the teachers to grade essay type exams. . .

  12. Bandit

    Bandit said, almost 4 years ago


    Speaking as a former student, some teachers seem to prefer BS. Specifically, the BS they espoused. Not all teachers but some are that way.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago


    Write an essay on the question Which form of test is better, essay or multiple choice.

  14. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, almost 4 years ago

    My brother once got an essay assignment on the topic “If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would you pick…” and he wrote a two page paper on why he wouldn’t invite a dead person to dinner because they pick at their food, smell bad and were poor conversationalists. He got a D for the assignment but an A for original thinking.

  15. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, almost 4 years ago

    We need essay tests for the same reason we need story problems in math: that’s the way the real world works. We aren’t very often confronted with a simple choice of T/F or A-B-B-D, or a problem expressed as X^2+3X+5=0; solve for X. Essay tests and story problems don’t just prove you’ve mastered a particular piece of technique or information; they prove you can actually use it in a real-world situation.

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