vengeance is mine, sayeth the English teacher

I got them back. I gave them this quiz today.

If you've read Prince Caspian, you know that most of the questions in part A are either bogus or about insignificant details. Likewise, most of the sentences in part B are "all whack". I had to throw in a few legitimate questions, so it wasn't too obvious. Part C was my personal favorite. It was about a section of the text book that we read in class yesterday. I didn't tell them it would be on the quiz. And as you can see, I didn't give them any choices.

The whole event couldn't have gone better. I passed out the quiz and could hear them sweating as they struggled to find any questions they could even try to answer. One girl informed me that part C was not in the list of themes that I had given them yesterday. I felt kind of bad as I straight-faced lied to her, "Yes I did. Don't you remember I told you at the end of class that it would be part of the quiz." A few others asked about some of the sentences in part B that didn't make sense. I just gave vague answers like, "Are you sure there's no verb in that sentence?" or "That's one of the exceptions we talked about. Don't you remember?" or "I can't tell you that without giving away the answer".

Mom bought me a one-a-day puzzle calendar for Christmas. I usually use one of them as extra credit for quizzes. I made up my own for today. It was a complex code that corresponded numbers to letters on the first page of the quiz. The message it revealed was:


Many students figured out the message but didn't realize that the entire quiz was a joke. When I finally told them, they let out a collective sigh of relief and anger.