This is why MIT is tough

Just look at the Qualifying Exams questions!

History: Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present day; concentrate especially but not exclusively on the social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. Be brief, concise, and specific.

Medicine: You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your own appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected.

The rest of the questions are just as Chuck Norris tough (and funny!).

Thanks to @eric_andersen on twitter for this.

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4 responses to “This is why MIT is tough

  1. Off the top of my head, if I have to answer the question without really doing any research so it is most likely wrong:

    Papacy started with Peter one of the disciples of Jesus. Most of the traditions we are following are based on the life of the apostles.

    As the church grew in popularity and power so did it spread around the world. They tried to eliminate other religions using things like the Spanish Inquisition. The Papacy grew in power at the same time.

    Then this thing called science started to take away the mysteries of the world and religion, they didn’t like that so they tried to stop it. Unfortunately no matter what they do it is hard to beat discernible facts with something on blind faith especially if you do things that may feel wrong like killing people to perpetuate your faith when your faith disallows doing that in the first place.

    The papacy at this point is starting to lose because its religion is losing its relevancy through most part of the world.

    Then John Paul II came and he started a whole thing where the faith needed more people to look up to, he declared many saints and made the papacy relevant again in the world stage.

    Now we have a new pope, let’s see how well he does things. So far so good.

    Medicine:
    Drink scotch until you get buzz.
    Scotch on the surgical area
    Scotch on the blade
    Cut open appendix area
    Cut off appendix

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Archie! Well done! Now, if I were allowed to skip one question, however, I think it would be the medicine one. :)

  2. You did see that these “questions” came from a site called “graduate student humor,” didn’t you?

    Personally, I like the easy one:

    Estimate the sociological problems that might accompany the end of the world.

    None. There will no one to cause sociological problems nor to experience them.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Yes: That’s why I said “Chuck Norris tough (and funny!) :)

      And good answer on the sociology one! Though do they teach sociology at MIT? :p

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