The entry questions to get into Oxford University are designed to test the minds of the country’s brightest teens and encourage them to stretch their imaginations.
In a bid to find the smartest people in the country, the prestigious institution asks prospective candidates questions ranging from the philosophical to the more pedestrian - including why Coronation Street is important to an English student.
Should poetry be difficult to understand?
What is language?
In a world where English is a global language, why learn French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish?
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
Why is income per head between 50 and 100 times larger in the United States than in countries such as Burundi and Malawi?
A ball, initially at rest, is pushed upwards by a constant force for a certain amount of time. Sketch the velocity of the ball as a function of time, from start to when it hits the ground.
Why do you think Dido kills herself in Aeneid 4? Couldn’t she just have gone back to her old life?
Why do you think an English student might be interested in the fact that Coronation Street has been running for 50 years?
Which person (or sort of person) in the past would you most like to interview, and why?
Is violence always political?
If the punishment for parking on double yellow lines were death, and therefore nobody did it, would that be a just and effective law?
Why does your heart rate increase when you exercise?
Why do we have red blood cells?
Here’s a cactus. Tell me about it.
Why do many animals have stripes?
Ladybirds are red. So are strawberries. Why?