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A teacher’s trick test question fooled the internet

She ended up tricking adults on the internet.

 

Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Oct 12, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:35 pm CDT

A question on a teacher’s math quiz about an orchestra playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony became a meme over the weekend because it didn’t make sense.

The internet quickly mocked it.

And the seemingly illogical question angered many people.

https://twitter.com/S0LUS/status/917774786092179456

https://twitter.com/RavenNG3D/status/917871665002016770

But then the Nottingham, England-based teacher who wrote the question, Claire Longmoor, saw it being circulated online. She said she wrote it 10 years ago. She provided receipts.

It turns out that the question was a trick “just to keep the kids on their toes.”

Some people figured out that the question was a trick.

https://twitter.com/PaisleyStars/status/918166542637989888

https://twitter.com/PaisleyStars/status/918167481293987840

Whether or not you support throwing in trick questions to test students’ alertness, it’s amazing that the teacher unknowingly trolled the internet.

https://twitter.com/danicquinn/status/918131359671078912

Well played, Claire Longmoor. Well played.

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*First Published: Oct 12, 2017, 6:34 am CDT