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Thursday, March 04, 2004

When I was still teaching sociology, I would include multiple choice on my exams, and whenever I couldn't think of a fifth option for a question, I'd put in a throw-away answer like "Gary Coleman is a genius," or "Clowns aren't funny. They are scary." And about the easiest M.C. question I would put on a final exam for an Intro course was "Which of the following correctly defines sociology?" And yes, there would always be one person to get that question wrong.
These are actual questions from the final (and only) exam in Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr.'s Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class in 2001. All students were given an A, and Harrick Jr. was later fired after the NCAA found violations of academic fraud and improper benefits. (from

How many players are allowed to play at one time on any one team in a regulation game?
a. 2
b. 3
c. 4
d. 5

How many halves are in a college basketball game?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a Basketball Game?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

What is the name of the exam which all high school seniors in the State of Georgia must pass?
a. Eye Exam
b. How Do The Grits Taste Exam
c. Bug Control Exam
d. Georgia Exit Exam

In your opinion, who is the best Division I assistant coach in the country?
a. Ron Jursa [sic]
b. John Pelphrey
c. Jim Harrick Jr.
d. Steve Wojciechowski

Source: University of Georgia

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