F in Exams by Richard Benson, Chronicle Books, 2011, ISBN: 978-081-187-8319
F in Exams compiles the very best of the very worst student answers on a variety of exams given in middle and high school classes. The book is divided into examples from the various disciplines, including: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, Business and Technology, Psychology, History and Geography, and English. A few examples of the type of questions and answers you’ll find are provided here:
F in Exams should be available in every middle school and high school library. It is a hilarious book of wrong answers that students can browse in between classes. The examples provided here are amazing not just in their wrongness but also in the students’ creativity and sense of humor. Even when the answer isn’t intentionally funny, it provides an interesting insight into how young people try to logically answer a question without the necessary facts or information.
This may be a stretch, but I think the book also provides a way for students to understand that everyone makes mistakes and that failure is a part of the learning process. People love this book because on some level they can relate to being in the situation of staring at an exam question and having no clue how to answer it. We spend all our time celebrating success in school and we need to devote more time celebrating failure. As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
We’ve all been there. The teacher hands out the quiz or exam and we stare at the first question and have no idea how to answer it. We can either leave it blank or…F in Exams compiles the very best of the very worst answers students give on tests in Math, Science, English, Social Studies and other classes.
Information about the author
From the author’s page on Amazon.com, we learn that “Richard Benson is the author of several humor books. He lives in London.”
Reading Level / Interest Age
Grade 9 and up
Why did I include this title?
I bought this book last year for the library and kids couldn’t put it down. It generated a lot of laughter and sympathy by many readers, especially around finals.