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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