How to ace an exam without taking it

Gertrude Stein ((Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery) Gertrude Stein
(Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery)

How can you ace an exam without taking it? Well, you probably can’t, but writer Gertrude Stein did.

Stein went to Radcliffe College from 1893 to 1897. When she was taking a final exam in philosophy, she wrote on her test paper:

Dear Professor James, I am so sorry but I do not feel a bit like an examination in philosophy.

Professor James responded:

Dear Miss Stein, I understand perfectly how you feel. I often feel like that myself.

She received the highest mark in the class.

Thanks to matchbookmag.com for this; you can see the post on five things you didn’t know about Gertrude Stein here.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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