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December 8th, 2008
09:52 PM ET

Quirky Questions

It's no joke.  If you're hoping to get into Oxford or Cambridge, you too could be faced with questions like these:  Would you rather be a novel or a poem?  Why is there salt in the sea?  What would you do if you were a magpie?

I don't remember what the University of Georgia asked me when I applied there, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't whether a snail had a consciousness.  I might've responded, "It doesn't when you cook it."

But I can see what "Oxbridge" is getting at:  Their admissions folks want to see what kind of thinker you are - not how well you can answer personal or history questions.

So you tell us:  What do you think of these quirky questions?  And how would you define infinity?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    These quirky questions are AWESOME. I would rather be a novel than a poem. There is salt in the sea becasue it hasn't been distilled yet. If I were a magpie I wouldn't eat pie!!! Infinity is something that is endless, that we pretty much imagine.

    December 8, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  2. D@nielle

    That sounds a lot like a joke, but a great idea anyway.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:35 am |
  3. melissa

    I don't think it's a good idea because there is no point to it exactly.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:51 am |
  4. caleb

    i think these questions are crazy but i also think that it is kinda funny hearing them. I think that i would be a novel.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:47 am |
  5. Alina

    It sounds cool. I would define infinity as something that never ends, that is so big, like the universe, it is unfathomable to the human mind.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:03 am |
  6. Halle

    I like the quirky questions. They show that Oxbridge is not just wanting reguar intelligent people. They want people who can think outside the box when asked to.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:09 am |
  7. Victoria

    I don't think that they should ask those questions to get into those colleges. They aren't legitamite, and they are kind of silly.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  8. Natalie

    i would rather be a poem than a novel because novels can take a while to read and i would not want someone to get bored with me. But i would only want to be a poem if it was a good one so people would like me!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  9. Moira

    I like these questions. They caught people of guard, giving their brain a chance to work a way they never usually work. AWESOME!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:11 am |
  10. Edward

    I see where Oxford and Cambridge are going with this, but some of these questions are just weird. I don' t think my brain could comprehend all these questions fast enough for all this.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  11. joe

    that is kinda cool because it does kind of teach you to stand up with out help you know for like a job but those questions are kinda of weird

    December 9, 2008 at 8:13 am |
  12. Scarlett

    I don't understand what these questions have to do with anything. They sound like questions you would ask at a party when there's nothing else to do. On the other hand, I rather answer these questions than taking a boring exam.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:14 am |
  13. Quinn

    most of those questions are like " If a tree fell in the forest dose it make a sound?" kind of stuff so i think i could go to that school if i wanted to but I'm
    only in 7th grade.,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:16 am |
  14. Yadira

    I think it does make sense to do this instead of asking IQ questions. Also, being a thinker is different then being a robot when it comes to education.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  15. Hannah

    wow umm i think that these questions are weird its not like we went to school to learn thos little ryming things.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  16. Tiffany

    I think that's funny!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:29 am |
  17. Hannah

    Oh, who ever made that up is a weirdo, who cares what kind of thinker cause a novel is longer and has more in it and a poem is ryming!!! and its just annoying.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:33 am |
  18. Jack

    i think that these quirky questions are a good way to get people
    thinking about things you don't normuly think.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:33 am |
  19. mike

    I think it is hilarious and i would define infinity as a representation of any number to the largest or smallest scale.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  20. Marialis

    I think these Quirky questions are awsome because it shows what you think and how different and unique you are. Infinity is forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever ....... and ever!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  21. Jazmin

    Those questions are dumb!!!! and infinity is something that goes on for everrrrrrrrr and it's also my favorite car the infinity G37 and FX 35 = D

    December 9, 2008 at 8:43 am |
  22. Jordan

    Here's my quirky question: Why would you have 37 Christmas trees in your house?!!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  23. John

    Many people get asked weird questions for jobs and colleges. For Example I know that microsoft used to ask why sewers are round. So I think that it is completely normal to ask the weird questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  24. taylor

    People get asked weird questions but if it's just to get in a good shcool i would answer any question for them.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  25. Trinity

    I think the quirky questions test the cleverness of the people are applying. Infinity isn't a number, it is a way of stating a never ending number. Infinity could also be forever in time.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:14 am |
  26. tajai

    I think its pointless to ask the questions who gives a care how you think what you know's important

    December 9, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  27. Kennedy

    Well i think that its good to ask "quirky" questions. Maybe they ask them so they know what side of your brain works better. Also they might have these questions so your teacher knows you better, because to me a teacher should always know their students.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  28. Joyce

    I think that the quirky questions don't relate to what you are going to do with your life. But i think that they ask those questions to make the interns think. I think that those questions are really clever. That is a good thing to make the interns think.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  29. CJ

    I think that the quirky questions have nothing to do with school so they should stop asking those questions. But I guess that they do have a good reson so they should at least make the questions have somthing to do with school

    December 9, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  30. Mike

    I think that it's an interesting way to find out what kind of person you are, not just student, for the schools. You could be incredibly smart, but have no creativity or imagination, and I think that affects the person you become and the goals you can achieve. A person lacking creativity and cleverness would define infinity by its definition. If a person is willing to think outside the box, like I am, infinity can mean endless possibilities, with no ending and no beginning. That's my opinion on infinity and I'm sure students going to these prestigious schools go even deeper into its meaning.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:21 am |
  31. taylor

    I would go to the NFL so that i could get the fame and money but will go to college so that i can get a good education and get a job that i want.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:21 am |
  32. Maeghan

    These questions allow schools to grasp a better perspective on students personalities and look around normal entrance questions that usually only give depth to a students educational intelligence, not their abstract capabilities.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  33. Josh

    I find these quirky questions offending. I feel as though these highly prestigious schools are mocking my intelligence. I suppose many people are good thinkers and such quirky questioning does not reflect my ability if i am interested in a more concrete field of education. It is possible that a scientific mathematical genius capable of curing cancer maybe denied admission because of their inability to answer whether they wish to be a novel or a poem. Some people are more concrete in their though process and they should not be penalized for that. Infinity is the constant existence of a higher level of something, whether it be numbers or space.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  34. Byron

    I think it’s a good idea that such prestigious schools are asking these kind of abstract questions to get students to think outside the box and separate themselves from the pack. It’s always a good thing when education takes a sidetracks from the cut and dry straight laced education path that “Oxbridge” is famous for.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:22 am |
  35. Leo

    I would be a novel because i want to be something everyone is gonna pick up.

    salt in the ocean:To sustain life in the ocean

    magpie: what is a magpie,anyway????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    December 9, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  36. Brendon

    I think that they are trying to get you to use your brain and get you thinking about wierd questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:32 am |
  37. Matthew

    This is crazy!

    December 9, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  38. Julie

    These quirky questions are a fresh look into someone's point of view and thought process! Clearly England is a step ahead of America's college interview interogatives–such different questions will reveal more than the canned, usual "Why do you want to go to school here?" And I would definitely be a novel, by the way!

    December 9, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  39. Ashlei

    I think the quirky questions are a work of genus. I've been trying to figure out what I may want to major in during my College Career and these questions could really help. I would define infinity as something that has no end or the unknown that no one feels like searching for.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  40. Tyler

    some things are better left unasked!

    December 9, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  41. Natasha

    I think these questions are a little on the strange side, but I like that these colleges thought of the idea. Instead of boring questions that everyone asks and the student hopefuls rehearse and rehearse the answer too, they have to think. And I would define infinity as this:
    infinity is never ending, it is something that goes on forever.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  42. Todd

    I think this is a great idea, it would definately make me think, i think i would define infinity as never ending.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  43. Taylor

    Well, i think these quirky questions are fun and interesting. They are better than regular boring questions such as, what are your hobbies? or what do you do on your free time?. I think the questions are very creative.
    Infinity means for a lifetime to me. It also means to me forever.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  44. Sabrena

    They seem really peculiar!!! No one goes around asking why is there salt in the sea. No one knows its God's creation.
    Infinity to me would be chronic long lasting neverendlessness

    December 9, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  45. William

    I think that these questions are totally ridiculous. I mean, what kind of a question is," What would you do if you were a magpie?" I would define infinity as never ending....

    December 9, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  46. Tanicha

    I think that quirky questions is good. It gets people thinking about situations that they never thought to ask about. You get to understand peoples personalitys, and how they get to answer questions that they get caught offguard off.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  47. Jordan

    I think these questions are kind of weird to ask college students, but I get what they are trying to do. It makes since that they ask these types of questions to find out how they think or what kind of thinker they are. I would define infinity as it goes on forever and never stops.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  48. Josh

    The questions is a fun way to learn more stuff about a person. I would like to answer some of those questions, they seem fun and exciting. I hope the other people will have fun with them.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:16 am |
  49. christina

    I think that thsese Quirky ?`s are because they teach you to think different ly about life it self.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:17 am |
  50. Asia

    I think that the quirky question are a good idea it give the college of how far you can think outside the box.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:18 am |
  51. jakob

    I would like to be a novel. People would have to take a lot of time out of there day to read me. I would feel more important.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  52. Alexander

    I think these questions are kind of a good idea. They're kind of corky though. I would define infinity as unlimited or never ending.
    Hiiiiiiiii MMMooooommmmmmmyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  53. ian

    i think its weird i would not do that its crazy what the hay. Ha ha ha

    December 9, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  54. Shawn

    i think that it is dumb that they do that and well its just stupid

    December 9, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  55. Brandon

    I would define infinity by never ending and a lot of zeros. I say these questions are going to have a lot of different answers.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  56. Amy

    cool they are weird im not going their

    December 9, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  57. LeAndra

    I think Quirky Question make you think out side the box.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  58. Brittany

    I don't like the idea of having to answer these questions on your application. If you don't know what you want to do for a job, these questions would be good to help you find your personality type. But for college these questions make no sense to have to answer.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  59. Christopher

    I think that these quirky questions are a great idea! Colleges do not know how a person thinks from standard tests that are administrated. Keep it up!

    December 9, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  60. Corrie

    Quirky questions have no say in whether or not students deserve to enroll into a college; no matter how important. If I wanted to go to a college, I would want to know that I am going to a serious college; one that asks serious questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  61. Corinne

    I think that these questions are a good way to figure out how to teach students. I wouldn't mind asnwering questions that told them how I think. Now as for how I define infinity: An amazingly vast amout of time, space, value, of anything else for that matter.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  62. Darrin

    I personally don't have an opinion. There is nothing seriusly wrong with the questions. I actually think that this whole ordeal is pretty creative. Go Oxford for making this amazing stride.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  63. Jesse U.C.

    These 'quirky questions' is a very creative, and useful way to determine how somebody thinks. If I had taken the test, I don't think that I would be a very good thinker! If I had to define infinity, it would be everything beyond a certain point.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  64. Caitlin

    I think it's actually very clever of the people from Cambridge and Oxford to ask the students these questions. It shows students way of thinking ouotside of just academics.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  65. cindy

    I think they are funny but i woundn't be able to find an answer for them.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  66. Matt

    Well, I think that they should keep the quirky questions because Oxford has its reason to ask them. Like when they ask those question, they will know how there brain thinks, how fast it takes them to solve them, and even if their answers are good.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:27 am |
  67. Krista

    I think it is kinda a good idea to know how much they know other then in school. I think that all teens should be able to answer these questions and they are not very hard.I would rather have these questions then harder ones.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  68. Reed

    I do not believe that these question should determine who receives an invitation to these elite colleges. Although, these questions would reveal your personality , they do not specifically illustrate what you know. Your intelligence is the key factor that invites you into these colleges and with these questions you cannot portray that to you interviewer.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  69. Rylie

    I believe they should ask these questions at Oxford interviews because people have to think harder about their answer. Also, these types of questions don't have one specific answer and they aren't always logical, which makes it more difficult to answer.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  70. Bob

    I think that asking these weird questions has nothing to do with how smart you are and if you should get into collage. i dont think your ability to answer thease should decide weather you should get into collage. If your really smart and have worked really hard, but you arnt good with quesions that no one would have thought about before, you should have a better chance than someone who isnt as smart, but they are good with that stuff. As for infinity, it is just something that never ends.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  71. Bobby

    I think these quirky questions are a bad idea. With these new questions less people are going to be getting in to the university and they will be making less money. Also their reputation will go down and less people are going to want to go to this college. How would I define infinity? Endless.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  72. Cassidy

    infinity- never ending

    In life there is a balance. Life requires both people- those who can spout off facts or history, and those who can hold an intelligent conversation. We need people in our world that are personable as well as smart on paper.

    I agree with Oxford and Cambridge in their new theory. These questions are thought provoking and will place the interviewy on the spot. It is at this time that you, the interviewer, will be able to analyze the true person. This is wonderful and a great way to sort the applicants- to accept the ones that are able to handle the "quirky questions". = )

    December 9, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  73. MME

    those questions probably made most of the interviewee's laugh. i would answer the infinity question as a sideways 8. it is the actual symbol so thats how i would define it. i also think the questions are practical because they bring out the student's expressions and how they think about stuff. it shows how they think about quirky questions and how they answer.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:34 am |
  74. shaquille

    If I were asked those questions i would probably not ven bother. these quetions would maybe make people think that these colleges are a joke.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  75. Brian

    well i think these questions are hard questions and infinity is the highest number.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:44 am |
  76. kayla

    i think these questions are a great way to see how scholars think because it shows that they know more than just there basic studies. If you mean infinity as forever then i wold say that there is no such thing because everything has to end some where

    December 9, 2008 at 10:48 am |
  77. kevin

    Why is Hair dead, but it grows as if its alive? Will it destroy our head if we dont cut it, or will it create a cure for cancer?

    December 9, 2008 at 10:48 am |
  78. KASH!NA

    I think that it is a good idea and a good strategy to choose their students, just because you know facts does not mean that you didn't just study the day of, but instead you have common knowledge.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  79. JMR

    The questions are silly, strange, different, but fun brain teasers. They make you think, even if they hurt your brain.

    Infinity means: The numbers go on forever....they run away holding their tails....they go on and on and on and on......

    December 9, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  80. Katey

    The quirky questions are a good idea. And funny! It's a good idea to test how people think, and at the same time, can be entertaining, so they might not mind answering the questions!

    December 9, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  81. lance

    i think that these questions are good, it gets the mind working

    December 9, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  82. Tyler

    If this is like one of those questions where they can tell a lot about you like when your asked if this glass if half full or half empty? Than those questions are cool but if their actually just to take kids out of their comfort zone just to get accepted into college I think it’s a little pointless.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  83. Alayna

    I think that the Quirky Questions are a good idea. It shows if you can be quick on your feet and think fast. Most people just study for interviews but with these type of questions it's the type of things that throw you off. I would define infinity as a continuous number that never stops.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  84. Jenny

    I like the questions, and they do make sense. I mean, they are a little outlandish, but they do make you think more, and about things that you might have not thought about. It can tell a lot more about the person than just 2+2.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  85. summer

    I think they are sort of dumb. It would confuse me . I would sit there for hours trying to figure it out. Infinity? Are you seriou...i cant evan tell you why my name is summer. Let alone tell you something about infinity.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  86. Kyle

    i think this is a clever idea, using unique questrions to stir up the human mind. I can see something like this coming from England and not so much the U.S. but should be considered in the future to use this process.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  87. Sarah

    I, personally like the "quirky questions" that Oxford is asking hopeful students. It is good that the educators feel the need to take students out of their "comfort zone" because people so often feel that education is a one-way road. That life consists of science, math, english, and history. There are so many other places to explore that may seem odd at first or even dumb, but if you can just take your mind out of that one way of thinking, you can explore anything, making you a well-rounded person. No, these questions may not help you twenty years from now, but it is good to think outside the box every once in a while. Way to go, Britain!

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  88. Jasmine

    I think that this is a cool way to test students thinking skills. I think it tells you more about the student you are accepting into your university. It make you think outside of the box in a way, they want to know how you react in different situations, like the ones presented. I think it would be cool to be presented with these questions it would loosen me up a little bit.These are different, but cool questions that are presented to students.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  89. Mike

    i think that these quirky questions can show an imaginitive side of the person applying. Prestigous colleges are not only looking for smart students, but also students who have unique personalities and can think for themselves; these quirky questions can suprisingly reveal a lot about ones character.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  90. Hannah

    These questions are weird. I would hate to have to answer them because they just don't make sense. I wonder if someone actually answered them correctly. The one that asked if I would be a poem or a novel I would probably say a novel becasue they are longer than a poem, a poem is short.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  91. Veronica

    I would rather be a poem, there is salt in the sea because the streams that lead to the sea pick up salt and carry it there, and what's a magpie?I think that it's kind of strange how they have you enter. If that works better to understand how their brain works then go on with it! I think that these quirky questions might help to better understand, but they might make someone change their mind that they want to go to the school though. I would think that the school is weird and I wouldn't want to go there..... just me though!

    December 9, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  92. kyle

    I think they are really cool. I would define infinity as something that goes on and on forever and ever and ever and ever and ever...

    December 9, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  93. Martha

    I personally like these 'quirky' questions. Just because you can sometimes tell someones personality from their answers. Ask someone if they would rather be a monkey or a lion. If they say a monkey they're probably humorous. If they say lion they're probably more of a leader in the group.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  94. Kailie

    I would rather be a Poem. Salt is in the sea because of the minerals in the soil. If I were a magpie I would bug people with my obnoxious singing voice. And I think that animals are slightly aware of their own existence...

    As to the real question, I think that things like these are completely acceptable! It makes people use the more creative side of their brains and stimulate thinking outside the box! If anything it will lead to more fun classes that don't create stress freaks!!!

    But hey, I’m an artist, so I guess people would expect me to be on the side of a creative thinker 😉

    December 9, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  95. Kelsey

    I think that the quirky questions is a good idea for Oxford. The questions make you think of different possibilities to strange questions that you wouldn't normally be asked. Asking these questions gives Oxford an idea of what you think like and how well of a thinker you are, and not just knowledge.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  96. Alicia

    I think that it is a smart idea because it allows the people that are reading the quirky questions you answer to get an understanding of the way you think. I would define infinity as a something that is never ending.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  97. Olivia

    I think that it is awesome that they are asking these questions. I think this because people aren't really expecting to be asked these things. I would define infinity as a number that is soo big we can't even begin to know what it is.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  98. Xitlali

    Um.. A poem.
    Uh because of the rocks?
    What is a magpie?
    I guess you can use these questions. It makes it fun to see what you know.

    I dont know if you notice I'm not that bright

    December 9, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  99. Megan Marie

    I think that it is different to ask these questions and it's true that many colleges ask academic questions in which there is only one answer; when asking questions with no real answer you will get more variety. My definition is that infinity is the quality or state of endlessness.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  100. Nick

    I think that these quirky questions are a good idea. In order to see what kind of thinker you are then you can’t just be asked questions about history. Also I would define infinity by saying something that never ends.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  101. will

    I’m going to go ahead and agree with the man with the glasses about how the test is for the college to learn which side of your brain you think on. Or another possibility is that the are seeing how quick you answer.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  102. Marissa

    I think that it's a good idea it's something different way to ask questions. I think seeing how much commonsense you have isn't a bad thing. Some people are really book smart but have no commonsense. Why not ask those questions it's not like it is really going to change the fact if you get excepted or not. It's good to have something new going on.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  103. Brittney

    I think that the quirky question would be really dumb to put on a test because people are trying to think really hard and then you get one of those brain teasers that shouldn’t be on a test anyway.
    Infinity = the number that never stops. 65469848645646549846546……………………………………………

    December 9, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  104. Alex

    I think these questions have nothing to do with going to school. The school shouldn’t base their admissions on questions that no one really knows or cares about. The school shouldn’t need these questions to see what kind of thinker you are.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  105. Kyler

    I think that the questions that they were asking were weird. But they were also effective. The questions that didn't pertain to school made the people think on there own. I think that this is good so they can show them how their brain works on its own not what they memorized from a book.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  106. John

    people get asked weird questions all the time for jobs and i guess colleges now. I think weird questions would be better then regular questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  107. Allison

    These questions are questions that I would find rather enjoyable if I were asked these. I think it would be very fun to think about these questions and respond to them. I would look forward to test days if we had tests like these. As a matter of fact, I think we should have test like these in school. I would find tests like these extremely easy to pass.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:08 am |
  108. Jessica

    I would define Infinity as beyond the rest. Or like unlimited time to do something. There is no ending point.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:09 am |
  109. Alex

    It is a genus idea because collages should not only look for smart people but people that truly thinks from a different perspective.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  110. jasmine

    im am definatley not going to oxford a poem or a novel so weird crazy im going to england this summer and no ones asking me that

    December 9, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  111. Kaizon

    those ?'s didn' make any sense at all y would ppl even ask crazy /'s like those i dont get it

    December 9, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  112. Jon

    I can't really see why you would ask pointless questions like that, they have nothing to do with your education or how you handle schoolwork or your education.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  113. Sarah

    I think it is a good idea to have theses kind of question. I think this because some people don't really know how to answer personal or historic questions so with the kind of questions they are asking it is easier for the people in the interviews. Also because they might not think there is a right or wrong answer so they will answer it with what they personally think. Like if they asked me if i would rather be a novel or a pome i would probably say a pome because they are shorter and sweeter and i don't think the people there can say no that is wrong since it is what i think. If they asked a different question i would answer it truthfully because there would not be a right or wrong answer to it. Well there could be a right answer like if they asked why there i salt in the ocean but i would still say why i think there is not try to look stupid and give a big long pause and try to think of the right answer. But if i new the answer to the question i would answer the question with the right answer but if not i would say what i think or what i feel the answer to the question is. So i think by asking questions like, Would you rather be a novel or a pome?, the people are making them think about what they really think the answer is instead of asking a question they wont know. They might be smarter then the questions that are asked about history that they might not have been taught. So yes it is a perfect way to dig deeper instead of just trying to get the right answer. Infinity really does not mean anything to me it just means that it will always last and there is no end. So yeah, well it could also mean that we will always have what we have now like me i will always have my friend Amber hopefully.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  114. amber

    Well, to me, I think that the quirky questions are okay. If I had to pick to be either a novel or a poem, I wouldn't be neither because I just don't like to read. And I would rather be myself and not made out of pages and a cover and I wouldn't have my friends. Also some of the questions I probably couldn't answer, like the one: Why is there salt in the sea? I have no idea what that answer is. I also wouldn't want to be a magpie. Even though it would be cool to fly. And when it comes to hunting season, people will have their guns out and I could get shot and that wouldn't be good.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  115. Sean

    Those questions are WIERD. I wouldn't even answer those questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:42 am |
  116. Maya & Abby

    We would rather be a poem because it's more romantic and descriptive 🙂 ❤ WE LUV U CARL AZUZ

    December 9, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  117. Eliza and Allison

    We would rather be a poem because poems rhyme, and they are cool, and novels are too long. 😀

    December 9, 2008 at 11:46 am |
  118. Haley

    i would rather be a seedless grapefruit because when people eat grapefruit they might eat the seeds and then maybe a grapefruit would grow in your tummy, and u dont want that to happen

    and i would rather be a peom then a novel because poems are shorter then novels

    IDK!!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 11:46 am |
  119. merrill

    I want to answerer some of those questions just to see what I'd score and stuff. It would be cool to know something like that.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  120. izaak

    I think that the quirky questions thing is a great way to weed out the not so dedicated people, also that means that anyone, and everyone in the school has a great imagination, and that they can answer almost any quirky, or non quirky question.

    P.S.
    i would want to be a novel.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  121. Sean

    WIERD questions. Anyway, I would rather be a novel because of the many things embedded in them, more complex. Those questions would be fun to answer, though.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  122. Devin

    I think there's more to it than knowing how you think. I think they wanted to see how creative you were when using imagination and how good your hypothesizing is. And also, this would how I would define infinity: Forever going, never ending, bottomless, an abyss number.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  123. Abby

    I think that those questions are good because you can tell the difference between a person with an imagination and a person without. I think I would rather be a poem because it is full of descriptions and love and beauty.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:49 am |
  124. Bubbles

    I would like you to give test cuz i would do fantastic.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:50 am |
  125. Elizabeth

    These are some really wierd questions to ask for getting into a school but I can kind of see where theyh are coming from. All they want is to know what kind of simple questions that people know. I think that they should have more serious questions too.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:55 am |
  126. gwen!!!

    i would want to be a grape fruit with new seed because i dont like seeds!! and if u ever eat me then u would eat my sseds that wouldnt taste good!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 11:55 am |
  127. Del

    I think thats the best thing to do, to ask questions that make you think , because everyone can answer a questions but not every one can THINK . Those questions aren't so much about answering but the thinking proses

    December 9, 2008 at 11:56 am |
  128. Blake

    Its a good idea

    December 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm |
  129. Emily

    I've head a couple questions like that! One was, "If a meteor was just about to hit your house and you were only able to save one possession, what would it be?" I think a snail has a consciousness, but does not have the capacity to think like human beings can. I'd rather be a novel; they're my favorite to read. Also, a novel has a more definite plot and story than a poem. I like how the characters come alive, too! I also have a really large ambition; to write a bestselling novel before I'm eighteen. Wish me luck!

    December 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  130. Jade

    I don't think that these questions are nessecary. It doesn't have anything to do with getting into a college. Its pretty crazy to me.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  131. Denzel

    I think those questions are not really worth asking, and that should not prove if someone is academically eligible to go to a school or not
    (lol i love your show GO Carl)

    December 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
  132. Nadine

    I think quirky questions are not the best idea to see how a person thinks.They're just a waste of time.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  133. Lseantra

    I think the questions are exceptable. However, it should not effect their scores if they do not give the correct answer, if there is one.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm |
  134. Sheikh

    I think the quesions are sort of weird. I've never heard of a college asking questions like that. The questions should also be more meaningful.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm |
  135. Brandon

    I think the questions are kind of rediculous. Even though they make you think they still don't relate to anything. How do they even chose which person is better to come to the school because the questions are asking opinions not facts.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  136. John

    I think these quirky questions shouldn't be asked because they have no meaning at all, the questions do not have anything with trying to get in either Oxford or Cambridge.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  137. Adrien

    I think that these questions are reasonable. I mean Oxford and Cambridge are really good colleges in my opinion. I probally myself wouldn't be able to answer any of those questions. But if I got the a scholarship to either one of them I would definitly go. I think that infinity means forever. Anyways I think this show is awsome!!

    December 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  138. Megan

    If I was asked those quirky questions I would. It’s just some way of finding out your personality and what kind of person you are. Sometimes its interesting to see how others respond.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
  139. April

    I really like the questions. They make people think, and see what perspective you have on life and living. It in a way defines who you are. I'd define infinity as something that never ends. The living of forever. :]

    December 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  140. Ryan

    I think it is a good that they ask interesting question because it does make you think. I think it better than asking history questions or something.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm |
  141. Sammie

    I must say those questions are very strange. I wouldn’t even know what to say to those! But I guess it’s a good way to think.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  142. holmes

    It reminds me of the statement, "there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers." The measure of the quality of a person is what they have to say, not what they know. If you want to know if a person can think abstractly, ask an abstract question. I wish more people would ask questions like that.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  143. Anthony

    i think the questions are a good way to see how people think and not how smart they are. If other colleges were to do this i think it could tell them alot more about the person

    December 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
  144. Courtney

    I think that the questions are a good idea because it makes you think of things that you would never think of.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
  145. kylie

    i think that asking those questions is a good idea, it makes you think & its a question you cant just look up on the internet or somthing.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm |
  146. Brianne

    I think this is a good path at finding more than academically capable students. The United States need more than robotic workers; they need workers that have soul and passion. We need workers that can think outside the box, and truly exercise all options for a solution.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  147. Kira

    I think that the questions are great becasue it really gives insight into the kinda of student the colleges are testing.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  148. Jessica

    I think it's absolutely amazing and awesome that Oxford and Cambridge are asking those questions, and I'd love to answer some of them, honestly. They're right up my alley, especially considering my creativity.

    How would I define infinity? Well, it's something that goes on forever, usually a number, but it could be love or death, or even relating to the nonexistance of true peace.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  149. Casey

    I think these questions are a good way to get people thinking so there not like your typical questions for educations purposes. Infinity is something that goes on forever, like a repeating number.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  150. Matt

    I think that it is interesting to see what peoples answers are, because most people would say that " I dont know". It just makes everybody seem like they have a brain.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  151. Emerald

    I think that these questions are good for showing some personality, and not just solely focusing on how good of grades you have or how many leadership roles you have been involved in but how you are as an individual.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  152. NICOLE

    I think that the questions are just supped and they should test people on what they have learned through school, most of those questions had nothing to do with school.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  153. Blake

    I like this idea of asking weird questions but honestly it wont tell you a whole lot about a person, and an infinity meens neverending... and its also a type of car.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  154. Alex

    I think some of those questions are crazy, and how would they know them selves what the correct answer is, or if it has a multiple answer question.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  155. Nicole

    I think asking those type of questions is a good way to see what type of person they really are and if they can think outside of the box, because that is what colleges want they want originality.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  156. Jeremy

    Some people would think that the questions would be pointless, but I think that Oxford would do this to see what kind of personality each person would have to see if they are good enough for the school. Also i would be a poem!

    December 9, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  157. Kaylie

    I think these quirky questions are something new for college admissions. It gives a good idea of what people are going to be going to Oxford.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  158. josh

    i like the Quirky questions cause there is no right or wrong answers so everyone thinks what they want and its a good idea that Oxford does do that for their students and i am a poem

    December 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  159. Shelby

    These questions would puzzle me a little but i think they are a good way to see what people are like i guess and that is smart to see what side of the brain people think with.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  160. Peyton

    I think that some of the questions they ask are a little too strange, but questions are good. It means you have knowledge worth testing.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  161. marcus

    I think these so called quirk questions are ................. stupid! No offenes but those quesions are for lower class people. But i Love your puns dude peace ouy

    December 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  162. Jada

    I think that these questions are a good idea and crazy. This is a good idea to get peoples brains kicking. But many people might think it is a trick question and get stuck on one question.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  163. Abby

    I think it's pretty random for those universities to choose those questions. I know it is their choice and I don't think it's wrong, I just think it's rather a unique way of interviewing students.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  164. Erik

    i think this is a good idea for one of those personality quizzes but i don't think this is a good idea for an application to get into one of the most prestigous colleges in the world

    December 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  165. Dillon

    My perspective about the questions are that, the university is trying to see if your logical perspective on things is maybe as powerful as book skills.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  166. Shaq

    These questions are amazing! I would hope that every school would start a criteria with questions that test creativity and make sure that you aren't a robot. (Hopefully)

    December 9, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  167. Ross

    What's the point on questions that don't make sense. Why should it matter when applying for a college why is salt in the sea. It doesn't matter. I would rather have questions that are intelligent.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  168. Jeremy

    I think those questions are great. they make you think of an answer even though it is an opinion, its not like an immediate answer.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  169. Laura

    I think that it is completely fine. Oxford and Cambridge are the ones that are going to be excepting there students, why not ask them few quirky questions?

    December 9, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  170. marcus

    I think that its great hes smart but i say if your good at a sport some man is going to pay you billions of dollars to play sport you luv heck yea ill take it and some cash bt if it doesnt work its great to be smart like my mom says school comes befor work

    December 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  171. Chandler

    I think these questions do not make sense at all. I mean who really knows the answer people. These questions will make people answer what they want to hear not what they think is right. So if it’s suppose to be an answer of what they think, they will not get what they need from it.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  172. Tristan

    I think that the questions are a uniqe but quite effective and it helps kids during real life experinces and take in that it takes more than just knowladge to succed

    December 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  173. Simone

    I think that those questions couldn't have been more pointless. They were pretty funny but lacking reason. But if they think that thats necessary... whatever. Love the show = )

    December 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  174. Summer

    I think those question's are a little on the crazy side, but it does get your mind going. Infinity goes on foreverrrrr.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  175. Ryan

    I think that these questions are really strange and have no meaning

    December 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  176. Dillon

    In my perspective I would chose the university because taking the opportunity will help in the long run. And if you decide to go to college first you will have something to fall back on if you decide to play football later. So I thing that go to college will ultimately play off in the long run. Plus you have plenty of things that can be opened up for you going to college instead of playing football 7 days a week

    December 9, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  177. Kristin

    I think that these questions are crazy but it is something to get your mind thinking on it's on.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  178. Ford

    Quite funny, really. It is a very good idea to see how well people think. It also challenges literal thinkers, who surely dominate Oxford, to think abstractly. it also allows the people who moderate the test to assure that the person does not memorize blind facts, they must demonstrate conceptual understanding and factual. it is a much more sound system.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  179. EJ

    Heck yeah i would answer those questions, to get into an awesome school. Really, to get in college, all i have to do answer a couple dumb questions. Of course you could answer the questions wrong and probably ruin your chance of getting into a good college, but still.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  180. Caleb

    I would rather be a novelist. I'm no to good with poems and i've always wanted to right a book. I have a lot of stuff that could go into a book. Like I could easily right a book about the future.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  181. Estelle

    Those questions are first of all:
    -weird ( how can you answer to"would you rather be a grapefruit with seedles or without"??)
    -then i don't think they really illustrate your intellectual capacity ;
    trying to explain chimical theories is a much better way to prove you're intelligent

    Infinity is so abstract , i do not think there is a definition which could really fit; but we can say that infinity is a none limited univers that nobody will ever be able to explore entirely.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  182. Jessica

    Everyone says there would rather be a poem rather than a novel. I would be a novel by far. First off, you could have poems in your novel (win win), secondly, I would rather be a "timeless classic".

    December 9, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  183. Teddy Bear

    I think that it would be pretty interesting to go to oxford and it would be worth the funky question.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  184. Sophie!?!?!??!1/

    I think its a little wierd that they would ask those kind of questions like why is their salt in the sea? hummmmmm Peace 🙂

    December 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  185. Kiera

    I think that those are really cool questions to ask and makes students think more than they normally have to. you go to school and they make you study certain things; when they ask you questions about that, you know it off the top of your head. when they ask you different questions, you have to think.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  186. fiona

    I think these questions have absolutely nothing to do with anything. And way too random. Maybe if they had a little bit more meaning it would be different, but my opinion now is that they should change the questions.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  187. Jo

    I think I'd rather be a novel then a poem because I'd have a lot more information, and I think all those questions are strange and are a waste of time.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  188. Kaitlyn :D

    Those are CRAZY questions!!!!!!!! It is really random that colleges would ask those kinds of questions to select their students. I don't think that it is wrong, just kinda odd. But it's their choice

    December 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  189. cassandra

    I don't get the questions they should at least ask real questions not random onces that have no meaning

    December 9, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  190. samuel

    that's stupid such a good college like that should not ask questions like that.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  191. Connor

    These questions are perfect on stretching the mind in different ways to get a great understanding of the person thats getting interviewed.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  192. Aaron

    I think that a lot of these questions are extremely hard to answer and that is why Oxford must accept the extremely smart students that can answer them correctly.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  193. josh

    I would choose the NFL because i like sports way more than studying but if he wants to be smart oxford university is a big accomplishment. Go with your dreams and your heart.:)

    December 9, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  194. Kerby

    When I first heard this, I laughed. But now I think that it is actually think it is a really good idea. I think it would be funny to see those smart people look so confussed!

    December 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  195. Matthew

    These questions were cool. By the way, I'm a novel.

    December 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  196. timothy

    those quirky questions are really clever because no matter where you are in life you will be required to go out of your comfort zone

    December 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  197. Merkin

    I think it is a great idea. If I was asked those questions I might laugh. It would be fun to see the answers. I think it get the kids out their cofort zones and shows the way that they think. I love the idea

    December 9, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  198. Taylor and Kris

    Hey, This is irrelevant to the Oxford thing, but we just wanted to let Carl know that one of our English teachers has nearly 60 Christmas trees....Way more than the 37 of the lady you covered.....

    December 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  199. Sven

    Thats AWSEOME! I dont know why. It just is.

    December 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  200. Ms. Langley's 7th Grade Geography Class

    Carl, we think you're quirky!

    December 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  201. Domitille

    The quirky questions are a good idea and funny. It shows who knows more about his basic studies. I would define infinity as unlimited or never ending.

    December 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  202. Stephan

    It sounds like a big joke and I would rather take a hundred question test then that. It is just plain wrong to ask for peoples opinions in an interviewing test! Infinity is numbers going on forever.

    December 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  203. Mélanie

    These quirky questions are really strange but it shows us how it is simple to enter universities if you behave normally and if you stay natural.
    Infinity is something you can't stop, it's beyond everything, it's the future.

    December 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  204. Arious

    My bff mandy sayz oxford is NUTZ. but i think itz cool that theyre asking some questionz that like make you think like out of the box. lol, right?
    xox

    December 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  205. Angelo

    These questions are quirky, yet practical. Cambridge and Oxford are very prestigious schools: they need real thinkers. And I'd rather be a poem...

    December 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  206. Carlos

    These quirky questions are cool. This is so funny I heard a question like "If you were a grape fruit would you be seedless or non seedless?" If you asked someone this question they would think it is strange. You will sound like a robot. P.S. I would be a poem.

    December 9, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  207. jazmine

    i think it is a great thing that thay r doing this and i know thay just want to mess with people's,

    December 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  208. Caleb

    I Would be a Novel so it takes more time to read and if someone was doing a book report and had to read a certain amount of pages that would help

    December 9, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  209. Jason

    I think that this can really help collages see further into the students rather then only looking at the applications the students send.

    December 9, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  210. Madeline

    I think of these quirky questions shows more about the student rather than the hard admission test. It shows the student's basic knowledge. Oh and some these questions are hard to answer!

    December 9, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  211. Ford

    Funny, quite really. It is a good idea though. It allows the testers to see how well test takers can think, not just what all they have meorized.

    December 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  212. Jessica

    I would rather be a novel because I could get alot of rewards for how my creater made me.

    December 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  213. Cody

    two main sides:
    -–> educationally good(variety)
    -–> why take more than you may actually need, you have more time in the rest of you life to "varietize"

    December 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  214. Joanne

    I think that these quirky questions because it gives the brain a challenge to think what is not obvious. Something that these students can not lie to just get in.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  215. Amanda

    I think these quirky questions are acctually quite intesting. Its forces those who believe strongly in logic to actually think outside the box.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  216. Tino

    I think they are dumb. What is the point of asking you if you would want to be a grapfruit with seeds.i my opinion they are pointlees.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  217. Camille

    I'd be a poem. I write poetry and I put what I feel into my poetry. Not to mention i love peculiar stuff!!! Novels are too short for me, but i'll read em.

    Ladidooda~

    December 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  218. Hannah

    These questions are really weird. I mean why would ask those questions?! I feel weird just thinking of them. 🙂

    December 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  219. nollie

    Well, I think that the "quirky questions" are good.. its a change for the students, and I think your brain would actually have to work more to think of a good answer! And the way I would define infinity: The number you cant stop from going on and on and on and on.... infinity is the same thing as eternity in a way.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
  220. Kenny

    I think the idea is great because it helps entrants see that colleges are more than thinking about memorizing. However, I don't see why the questions are so irrelevant unless you are taking a class on salt.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  221. Charnae

    think these questions are kinda lame because they dont really have a meaning to them. But i will say it does get your mind going.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  222. blaze

    i think these quirky questions are funny. I would rather be a novel because in my opinion poems are just something else

    December 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  223. Dana

    I love the idea. It's a creative way to know what kind of people your letting into your schools. It's nice to think the college wants to know you on a more personal level. I, for one, would prefer being a novel, but that's because I'm long-winded. What about you, Carl?

    December 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  224. Fudgy

    I think its a great idea, I think they throw those questions in there to see who can think creatively.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  225. Clay

    I would rather be a poem because I love poems that Rhymes!

    December 9, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  226. Jack

    The idea is excellent! It prevents students with memorization minds from getting into the best colleges and lets those who really think shine instead of those who know and don't think.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  227. Abbey

    i think the questions get your mind thinking and they are a great way to get to know the person first of all, and see what they are thinking. Plus the questions are totally bazare and i dont see any reason how that would help you get into a college.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm |
  228. Dade

    I think they are really cool and are a fun way to make people really think!!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  229. Andrea

    Infinity: The time spand of forever; never-ending.
    I like these questions! They make me think, instead of spurting out answers that can be checked in an answer key. The questions really allow the colleges to understand the person, and make a more rounded assumption of their character, instead of just basing their applications on GPAs alone. Then they can produce well-rounded people that will go into the world and be extremely productive. Go England!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  230. Abby

    I think these questions rock! All the tests I have taken have been boring and its good for a change. Infinity is nevr ending, thats why its called infinity!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  231. danielle

    I think the questions are rad! If I had the choice between novel or poem, I would choose novel. Because there a poem is to short to contain everything!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  232. Abby

    I would rather be a novel because my life is to complex to fit into a little poem. A novel might even have a hard time fitting it all in.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  233. Trace

    I think they are good questions and brain teasers, but i prefer a test over these, and i dont get how they would get one of those questions right.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  234. karlz

    i think some of the questions are really strange...but if it means passing the test then why not??

    December 9, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  235. Noah

    These questions are GREAT! I thick they are really easy to anwser. I would love to take those tests!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  236. Katherine

    I think that this is a great way to see how creative people are. And I think that snails do have a conscience

    December 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm |
  237. Mandy

    these questions are really good. they give people a good challenge for their brain and they're funny!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm |
  238. Taylor

    I think that these questions are a clever idea. It makes the student think like they have never thought before. On the other hand , what difference does it make if someone answers they would rather be a novel or a poem ?

    December 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm |
  239. khwyntarius

    i think the quirky questions are creative and good as a matter of fact and the reason i think this way because it's no rite or wrong for these answers and who would think of this would you rather be a novel or a poem.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  240. Hannah

    I think it is silly to be asking guestions like that cause that seems to be for some thing fun to do.

    December 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm |
  241. alyssa

    it is a good idea but i think that the questions are a little to quirky and the question about how many monkeys to use in an experiment is just crazy!

    December 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  242. alyssa

    what is a magpie anyway??????

    December 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm |
  243. Mason

    I may be a little thrown off by the quirky questions, but I know for a fact that if they ask "What would you do in a zombie outbreak?" I'd deliver an answer so stunning and marvelous that I would be given a full-ride scholarship to one of the universities.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  244. Seth

    Would I rather be a novel or a poem? Obviously, I pick a poem! Most people look at novels and toss them aside.

    December 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm |
  245. Brianna

    I think it is a great idea because all the smart people will actually have to show their personality!!

    December 9, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  246. Albert

    That would be a dream come true, even though it will be a while until I go to college. It would be a relief after getting REAL questions thrown at you.
    I would be novel to share more about my life than a short poem.
    MY PUN:
    These questions leave us no answer...

    December 9, 2008 at 10:29 pm |
  247. yoyo

    I think that these "quirky questions" are good because they help people understand that college isn't just about studying all day.

    December 9, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  248. alex

    these quirky questions are random??? nice !! i want to go to that school haha.

    December 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  249. ariel

    i like these questions they make you think about the small stuff. and why is there salt in the sea ? because when we catch the fish to eat they already are seasoned .lol 🙂

    December 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  250. ariel

    i have another question . what number starts with z? the answer is zero/0. 🙂

    December 9, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  251. Joyce

    I think that if you just ask educational questions, you will all become robots. Knowledge is important, but look at all those jobs like senate, president. Those jobs require thinking, makilng your own plan. People need to be able to answer unexpected questions because if someone came up to ask you, "How do we solve this crisis?" you would need to think. It's not in the book. If you were a scientist, doing stuff about monkeys, or a lawyer, the answer depends on the question, and we can't have books that have all the possible questios in the world. Thinking is required. Being smart; what does it really mean??? Adeventurers need to be able to think up things when something unexpected happens. The world is that way. These questions would be good for a interview. The interview is different from the exam. Would we want to be a computer? A robot?

    December 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  252. ariel

    i wonder what those high school students would say...
    sorry for posting 3 comments

    December 9, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  253. Cindy

    It is already the 10th here in Korea.
    The logic is very simple to me.
    Feelings and thoughts.
    They are the things needed for jobs.
    I think almost every university must add that questios to the interview, or the exam about facts

    December 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  254. Cindy

    The people who don't understand the logic are weird....
    by the way, i watche d Cnn students news december the 10th(in korea it's 2o' clock) just 10 minutes after it was updated. Yay me!!!
    It was the same day on election day, with the results. i'm really sorry for posting this comment but i just had to . don't you agree on my first comment, or my friend joyce's???

    December 9, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  255. Bobo

    I think that this is a good method because it tests the kids strength when they are under pressure or on the spot, and it makes them think deeply. They are mostly personal questions.

    December 10, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  256. Addie

    I think that is a good way to get those students to think out side the box!

    December 10, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  257. big sister brittani.

    I have a question. what number has an A? One-thousand 🙂

    December 10, 2008 at 8:26 am |
  258. lindsay

    I think that the questions are good for the people who want to get into Oxferd.

    December 10, 2008 at 8:26 am |
  259. alex

    i think its good becuase poeple who are smart should kno these things

    December 10, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  260. Ty

    I think it's good but a weird way to interview someone. If it was my choice I would of make questions that..... actually make sense.

    December 10, 2008 at 8:34 am |
  261. annie

    It think its a great idea because everyone can be book smart but not every can be creative and think outside the box........by the way 4 monkeys

    December 10, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  262. Colin

    i think the questions are really weird and i hope i don't have to answer any

    December 10, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  263. Anna

    I think that it's sort of cool. I wish they would put those questions on our tests!

    December 10, 2008 at 8:38 am |
  264. MISS CASORIO 7TH GRADE CLASS

    HI CARL, THIS IS MISS CASORIOS 7TH GARADE CLASS AND WE WACH YOUR SHOW ALMOST EVERYDAY. AND WE THINK THAT HE SHOUD GO TO OXFORD. BECAUSE YOU NEED EDUCATION. PS WE ARE SO QUIRKY TO.

    December 10, 2008 at 8:51 am |
  265. Nate

    Quirky Questions call for quirky answers

    December 10, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  266. Meriel

    i think thats a good idea because it will make it so people have to think. Because even if they're really smart they will have to think more and you would get a better idea of what their personality is like.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  267. ∆¨ß†ˆ

    I think that those questions are stupid and pointless

    December 10, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  268. Ellie

    I think that the questions are so funny. I also think the have good intentions. I would love to be asked those if i was getting interviewed for a collage. They are so cool.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  269. Melanie

    I think that those are pretty weird questions. I would be like WHAT?
    yeah. So quirky is a good word for those questions!!!! yupp.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  270. Addie

    I think these questions are pointless to ask because there is no right answer, they are fact not opinion.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  271. Lauren

    Very odd method but their is a reason for it and it's different. How did they come up with that?

    December 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |
  272. Aimee

    I think that these questions are random. And that they can have any answer to the questions. I would love to go to that school. There questions would be really easy to answer. LOL =)

    December 10, 2008 at 9:52 am |
  273. Somebody

    I think that the quirky questions are a great idea because it shows how people think.;)

    December 10, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  274. Melanie, joey, and braden

    I think those quirky questions arent completely absurd. It can show someone to think on their own! Snails are lovely creatures, and its good to talk about their succesess.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  275. Crystal

    I think that asking quirky questions is a good idea because that just means the person has common scene. If they get them right

    December 10, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  276. Hannah

    I think these quirky questions are good and weird. It's good because they want to know how you think, not how much you know about history and stuff. But if I answered these questions then I would feel like an idiot.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  277. Alexia

    These quirky questions are , i believe, a good way to test the students' capacity to answer a question they weren't expecting; although those questions can be quiet weird...

    December 10, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  278. sandrine

    these "quirky questions" are quite funny! Although I'm not sure it's only by responding to this kind of questions that we can measure how intelligent we are.
    I would define infinity as an unlimited blank.

    December 10, 2008 at 12:34 pm |
  279. Meline

    I think it's a very good thing to ask these questions because it makes the students think for themselves, and not just learn everything by heart. I think the infinity of just one thing doesn't exist. Everything has to stop somewhere. The real question is, what is there after that something?

    December 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  280. Gautier

    To my mind, quirky questions are just so much better than usual boring academic questions. It gives the examinator a true idea of his pupil, if he's imaginative, not just if he has learnt his lessons.

    December 10, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  281. alexis

    i'd defiantly want to be a poem shows more feelings and its rhymes and everybody's into rhyming these days!

    sincerely,
    THE GREAT ONE.

    December 10, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  282. Gautier

    as infinity is concerned, I believe it's something that has got no end , both everything and nothing.

    December 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  283. sandrine

    these “quirky questions” are quite funny! Although I’m not sure it’s only by responding to this kind of questions that we can measure how intelligent we are.
    I would define infinity as an unlimited blank.

    December 10, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  284. Auriane

    In my opinion, it's worth asking those questions in order to see how inventive you are. They don't seem to, but these questions are pretty difficult to answer. The most intelligent persons would always have a ready reply. The best way of being distinguished is to have an answer which is out of the common and actually, you have to be out of the common to enter Cambridge or Oxford Universities!

    December 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  285. Courtney

    I think that it is kind of cool to have questions like that, because then it might prove if people are using their whole brain or just the part that they holds the more sophisticated things.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  286. SPECIL

    THIS IS BULL I THINK ITS WRONG

    December 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  287. chandler

    I would definitely rather be a poem. Being a poem would be so much more fun! I could be endless rhymes!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  288. John

    I think it is a good idea to ask these question. This is because if someone applies to such a good college they would have to be prepared for anything..."full of knowledge" you might say. 😐

    December 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  289. HANNAH!!!!!

    OMG! That is soooooo cool 🙂
    I think that all schools should do that because you don't want anyone at your college to be boring – you know?? Ya.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  290. ginger

    I think that the qestions are good becuase it makes people thinking uot side of the box.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  291. Karen

    I think these questions are really interesting and it's good to get students out of their comfort zone instead of asking them the standard questions. These questions require quick thinking and I think it's good to test a student's ability to think quickly like that.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  292. Matt

    I think that it is extremely interesting that they say such interesting questions it reminds me of a book I read which had strange questions. And if I had to choose between a poem or a novel I would choose a novel because probably more people would read me.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  293. Caroline

    I think the questions are kind of pointless because they don't really have any meaning. They are kind of random too.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  294. Anabel

    I think the questions that they ask are funny and kind of random too.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  295. Homie

    I think that it is really cool that they asked those random questions, that way you can see what kind of a person they are besides what they know. Its could also take off some of their stress that they have from the test.

    December 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  296. connor

    I would rather be a poem because I like poems

    Hi Carl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  297. Tristan

    let they ask the question they want. If they want to ask questions like that to their students, this only concern them, even if the questions are a bit weird for an oral test...

    December 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  298. gautier

    I think that it is a good idia to ask a such weird question.Because it show the real persone you are.

    December 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  299. Tristan

    I think that this sort of questions was really well thought becouse it changes from old academic question of oral tests and maybe beeing natural and honest can help the school to choose between two students.This idea will go far...

    December 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  300. clementine

    These quirky questions are weird but I think there is a point in asking this type of questions to students because universities need to know their knowlegde but also their point of view and their ability to think. Furthermore it's much more fun than boring questions.
    I would say that infinity is something that never ends ,it's the unknown.
    Let me add another "quirky question" : why do we replace bath towel; aren't we supposed to be clean when we dry ourself?

    December 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  301. Sophie

    To me, these questions are not useless. It shows the students that their opinion about an unusual subject can be interesting and allows them to be creative .
    Infinity:"a point that is further away than any other point and so can never be reached" (I've just checked in the dictionnary.)
    I wouln't know how to define infinity properly ; right now,it makes me think about maths,when a number is larger than any other number and so can never be given an exact value.

    December 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  302. JET

    Those are awsome questions and i would answer every questions without question

    December 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  303. Etienne

    After having seen your “cnn students news”video on quricky questions I wanted to let you know my interest in this kind of way in order to studyone’s thought,reasoning and culture on quite every subjects…
    Now I just have to wait for being questioned!!

    December 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  304. danny

    wow haha what would i be i would be a novel oh i have a "querky" Q why did the chiken cross the road?!?!?!? haha

    December 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  305. hotdog

    i think these questions are fun, and they make you think.

    December 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  306. Sydney

    Quirky questions make you think on the test even more. You already have enough to worry about if you want to pass... now thinking outside of the box?

    December 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  307. Cassidi

    I think those questions help people understand more of what they will face when or if the go to collage! People should have to study these questions.

    December 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  308. Saarth

    I think that quirky questions are an EXTREMELY creative way to test someones creatvity level. Any Hampster could memorize stuff out of a book but coming up with answers to questions like that could make the difference.

    December 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  309. Lily

    I LIKE THEM I THINK THEIR FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  310. Lindsey

    Go for education! It would make it easier to get a fallback career if the football thing doesn't work out...

    December 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  311. Lindsey

    I'd be a poem...cause it' usually short and sweet like me!

    December 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  312. Anthony

    I think that these quirky questions are funny, but i think thay could be useful. The people at the "Oxbridge University" are trying to see if you can think outside the box- to see if you are common sense smart, not just book smart. I think it is a great idea. I think infinity is going on for ever without ever stopping... even for a bathroom break.:P

    P.S. a "Querky Question" from me: What came first, the Chicken or the Egg? 😀

    December 10, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  313. Lizz

    wow i would've never thought that people would ask quirky questions like tht for an interview for a university i guess it makes sense but im not a very good fast-thinking person so i would try 2 avoid tht if possible

    December 10, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  314. Katelyn

    I think that it is a weird that they do that but it is actually pretty smart

    December 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  315. alyssa

    you are the quirky one carl

    December 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  316. Breanna

    I would rather be a novel, because they last longer. Salt is in the sea to perserve it??? and if I was a magpie then I would know what that is...anyway I think the quirky questions are good ways to find out how people think and I would describe infinity as forever. Also, Mr. Panamarczuk's says hello!Well, I have to go do homework...bye!

    p.s.
    what is black and white and read all over?
    my comment:D
    haha!!

    December 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  317. Justyn

    I think the quirky question are for your own good.You never know they might show up in the future.Like if you were an author novel or poem,if you were an Marine Biologist why is there salt in the sea,and if you were a magpie im not gonna answer that because i dont know what it is. Carl another thing every time student news goes off when you say your puns my teacher says "Oh Carl" and me and my friends love you have an awesome life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm |
  318. Brandon

    i think its funny but some times its dumb

    December 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  319. Snowman

    Who in the heck would want to go to Oxford?!

    December 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  320. Justin

    Yeah, the questions made me smile. That would be pretty weird to have those questions asked to me.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  321. Wipawan

    It's a very good idea to ask these quirky questions. I've never seen any test like this. It's not only test me but also can make me laugh in the same time!

    December 11, 2008 at 7:31 am |
  322. Taylor

    I think the questions should be used lightly at the end of the interview so future students dont get flustered and forget what they practiced. I am a horrible speaker so i know how easy it is to forget your lines or become flustered.

    December 11, 2008 at 10:38 am |
  323. kayla

    I think it’s a good idea because it makes you think and you can’t answer wrong.

    December 11, 2008 at 10:44 am |
  324. Alyssa and Hannah

    We guess if it is a high end school then students should have to think quickly. So those questions might have some affect.
    PEACE OUT CARL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 11, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  325. Brittney

    Well i think it is cool it makes you think on the spot and out of your book smart element. Infinity is endless

    December 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm |
  326. Grumpy

    I think it isn't a good idea at all: you made people work out questions they're not used to in a stressful situation. If you're not prepared for it it may show you're real personnallity. However they may better means to gain the same result less...Quirky ^_^ ^_^ ^_^

    December 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  327. Fabien

    I think that quirky questions are good. They get people thinking about situations that they never thought to ask about. You get to understand peoples' personalities, and how they get to answer questions which surprise them.
    🙂 🙂 🙂

    December 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  328. john

    these quirky qeustions would really confuse my brother

    December 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  329. Ronan

    I would rather be a novelist because I think it's easier, there is salt in the sea because I think it started out in rocks...
    These questions are quite unbelievable when you think of it but in fact...
    What we can think, by listening to the video clip, is that these questions are asked to see how you behave when someone disturb yourself (yes, because I would rather say disturb than disconcert). What can also be important through these questions is to see your creativity.
    As far as I am concerned, I think that is quite interesting since it can allow less educated people to enter these great schools.
    In brief that can be a new way of selecting new students, allowing them not to be studies' "no-life".
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Hello miss Laurent!!!

    December 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  330. Annabelle

    I think that these questions are really very weird!However,if they are asked between other very serious questions,I reckon that it is a good way for the examinators to see how you would face such a embarrassing situation!For instance,if you start laughing stupidly or crying because you don't know if you'd rather be a novel or a poem;well,you may not be seen as adapted to the school.
    :):):)

    December 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  331. Victor

    In France, if we (yes I'm French, and proud of it...) want to enter a business school, there is what we could call a "personality interview" in which the examinator can ask quirky questions to the candidate.
    According to me, it is a good way to evalue the person's ability to answer unexpected questions and to see his/her reaction. For example, it is the same kind of person if he/she answer in a funny way or in a very scientific way...
    🙂 🙂 🙂 😉 😉 😉

    December 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  332. Constance

    These questions are definitely weird and very surprising, but thay have got a point. If you're trying to get into one of the best universities in England, knowing your lessons off by heart isn't good enough. They're very good to test your aptitude at being able to think very quickly about an uncommon and surprising subject you weren't expecting to be asked.
    I would define infinity as something never ending. Good enough? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    December 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  333. Emric

    😉 🙂 😀
    I think that these quirky questions can show an imaginitive side of the person applying to the college. Prestigous colleges are looking for smart students, but not only, they are also looking students who are imaginative and have unique personalities. These quirky questions can reveal a lot about ones character, one's ability to react to anything unprepared and to be creative. You can tell candidates personality from their answers. The hardest isn't to answer the questions, it's to stay serious and concentrate even if they are really wierd.

    December 11, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  334. Tristan

    think that this sort of questions was really well thought becouse it changes from old academic questions of oral tests and maybe beeing natural and honest can help the school to choose between two students.This idea will go far… 🙂 : ) 🙂

    December 11, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  335. ariane

    These questions seem strange but I think that it's important to see how people react, moreover it can help you to understand people's personality; if hey stay calm or panic.

    December 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  336. Olivia

    I think that these "quirky questions" are very useful. It shows how candidates can react in front of weird questions, the examinator can judge your ability to improvise an answer in a natural way with no preparation. People aren’t really expecting to be asked these things.
    These questions seem to be funny and easy to answer but i think that it's more than that, you have to be inventive and think about it before answering. Your answer have to be as exceptionnal as the School you want to enter.
    And about infinity, I think that everything has an end. "All good things come to an end" but we can wonder if there is something after that end? Nobody will never know....
    🙂 🙂 🙂

    December 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  337. Kaitlin

    haha i know half these people that commented 😛

    December 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  338. robert

    Dude NFl all the way! No question dude. Just questioning that i think ur quriky

    December 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  339. Niles

    I think that these questions are a good way to see wheter or not the student is creative and able to come up with answers to these clever questions.

    December 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  340. Andrea =]

    I think that the quirky questions are good to ask them. Some people just know the answers to everything and don't have a mind of there own.

    December 11, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  341. Maisy

    I love the quirky questions! They are so funny and show your creativeness, which you should have if you want to get into a good college like Oxford.

    P.S: I would so rather be a novel, everyone likes to read a good story!

    December 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  342. Angelina

    I think that they ask these questions to see what part of our brains we use and how fast we can respond to them. Carl heres one for you...
    If you have a lake with seven fish and two drown how many fish are left?
    Answer: fish dont drown.. stop counting..

    December 11, 2008 at 9:10 pm |
  343. alyssa

    honestly, i think that its a great idea
    because they truely get to see what your thinking
    and a lot of the regular questions don't have that.
    And the colleges can also analyze what type of person you are
    by the way you write your answers

    December 12, 2008 at 12:26 am |
  344. Thomas

    🙂 🙂 🙂
    I think these quirky questions are necessary to enter the two most prestigious universities in England. This kind of exam is good for our brain. They show how we can answer on the spot to a question coming out of the blue. The answer really does depend on your personality. Questions such as is the glass half full or half empty show how pessimistic or positive you are. They are a real analysis of your subconscious. How fast you react and what is your reaction tells everything about you.
    Universities such as Cambridge don't consider results and questions in which you just show your knowledge are not enough. I agree with them. Knowing is one thing, being book-smart as we say, the accumulation of information in your brain is very important. Of course Cambridge will never select the most incompetent student and they are looking out for learned students. The results are not enough though. For that reasons quirky questions are asked. They show how fast you react and what answer you may find to the question. This shows how fast you can solve a problem and how you would solve it. And problems are not the last thing you will come by in university
    In the United States, university tuitions are not only based on your results. They look at your background too. In order for your to enter the seven most prestigious universities of the the U.S.A. the Ivy League (my dream ( Harvard Med)) you cannot only be a straight A student. It is a must to have participated in a school sports league. Community service hours are counted by the hundred on admission folders. Even having won a poetry contest can be a crucial criteria in your being selected. They want a well rounded student; smart, athletic, artistic, helpful.
    This kind of exam treats with the student in a more humane kind of aspect. People are looking at the personality the student is going to carry with him to university. They want to know what he will bring as a whole to the school and the student body. The student is not to be considered as a mere figure that will help the school's level increase. Every student is a key element and for that same reason diversity is sought at in many university. These quirky questions help the universities seek for this diversity that is determined thanks to the many different answers given
    Quirky questions might seem quirky but they say a lot about a person and are a useful tool for university admissions
    By the way infinity in undefinable

    December 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  345. malia

    hey carl, those quirky questions make no sense.
    They just seem pointless!

    December 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  346. Olivierh

    I personally like the “quirky questions” that Oxford is asking to students. It is good that the teachers feel the need to take students out of their “comfort zone” because people so often feel that education consists only on maths, hisory, physics.... It is also a way of behaving in a society, of thinking for yourself. Life is full of problems that you can't solve with your maths knowledge. These questions may not help you getting good marks, but they can't distinguish you from anyone else and you answers are part of your personnality.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    December 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  347. Lillie

    A quirky question is a way to see your personnality and see if a person is able to think about not just textbook problems but also real world questions. Alot of it sounds like a philosophic understanding, do snails have a conscience, but you have to look at the world in many different ways to understand some of it.

    Infinity in undefinable with no end.

    December 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  348. Ellie

    Even though they may be a little bit odd, I think the questions are interesting and maybe even nessassary? I suppose that these collages and universitys are asking these quirky questions to test you and how fast you can come up with an anwser.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  349. Hugues

    I thing that theses quirky questions are just awesome. You can really show that you're natural and reactive. Examiner can know if , out of the things that you were prepare for , you can say something interesting.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    December 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  350. arkadiy

    kk think if you can figure this out: WHAT CAME FIRST THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG???

    December 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  351. Julia

    i LOVE it
    it tests how u think, not how u memorize hard facts!!
    they should have done this a loooonnggg time ago!

    December 15, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  352. Zoe

    these questions are smart because they let the questioner know if you can think quick on your feet or answer quite well for an odd statement questioned.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  353. Laura

    I think the questions are a good idea. They show what kind of person you are. Its still a little weird though because this is an interview sheet for a college not for some weird thing. To get into a great college all you have to do is answer some weird questions like would you rather be an apple or banana? that just unheard of.

    December 17, 2008 at 7:59 am |
  354. Rosie

    I think that using these random questions, puts the possible students on the spot, were they have to think up a fast answers, like you have to in everyday life. It tests how well they can think outside the box and not just how academically successful they are, it forces them to form their own opinions/thoughts.

    December 17, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  355. Sam

    I want to apply, I love those questions, and I do think a snail has consiunssance, and I define infinity as the distance between numbers and the size of the universe.

    December 17, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  356. Sam

    or I would define infinity as the number of digits in pi (yummy)

    December 17, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  357. Haily

    dude i am quirky. these questions would be perfect for me. ask any of my friends i will take THAT test.

    December 19, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  358. Alex

    Those are the coolest questions EVER. The only way I can defy infinity is endless.

    December 19, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  359. Alyssa

    I think it is smart. People have to be on thee feet for whatever life throws at them. That is smart.

    December 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  360. kailey

    i think these questions are so pointless! i wouldn't ask these questions at a college and now i will never go to those colleges. oh yeah, infinaty to me means everlasting!

    December 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  361. Evan

    what is the point??? really you go to the college you want to usually and you take the class that you want and if it is let's say...mechanics, and they ask you if you would rather be a novel or a poem, it would be pointless because you are really not writing anything.

    oh and carl a new years resolution for you...get some better jokes because my social studies class says you have bad jokes, no offense.

    From,
    evan

    December 21, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  362. Ila

    i only have one thing to say, Huh?

    December 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  363. jillian

    I think the questions are great. The point is there are no right or wrong answers, but the way you answer reveals a lot about yourself. It's a great opportunity to think outside the box, to answer something where you wont be right or wrong, but will have an opportunity to share your thought process. Excellent tool

    December 31, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  364. RUKSAAR

    I think that Kyle is a very incredible person. I think that he is a incredible person because he can do a lot in the gym and more, he doesn't have any arms, or legs. He I think could be a real inspiration to many others that have the same disability. He truly is remarkable !!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  365. Jessica

    I recently applied to UGA and one of the essay questions is about what you would show a alien who came to your town. I think these kinds of questions are very strange, but i believe they do have a point behind them- maybe they're meant to see how creative you can be, given a random, obscure topic.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  366. Alex

    If you want an awesome student, yea, look for grades, but also look for creativity and philosophy.

    January 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm |