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Students give up on tough English exam
英文科題目難 不少學生放棄

The National College Entrance Examination English exam took place on the morning of Feb. 2. Many students found the topic too difficult and gave up.

Photo: Liao Shu-ling, Liberty Times

The National College Entrance Examination‘s English exam took place on the afternoon of Feb. 2. The English essay section of the exam gave two separate book titles and asked examinees to imagine the possible contents of each, then choose which one of the books they would like to read, providing a reason for its selection. A large number of students found the topic was too difficult and gave up. Most students believe this year’s exam was tougher than last year’s, especially the English essay, which was not a traditional “picture-story telling” style of question.

A student surnamed Chen from Yang-Tze Senior High School, who sat the exam, said one of the book titles was about admiring other people’s strong points, while the other was concerned with how to obtain the abilities of a leader. He chose “look upon others with admiring eyes,” because it was an easy topic to develop. Another student named Lin said the English exam was too difficult and it was hard not to throw in the towel, adding that it even caused a nearby student to laugh out loud.(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)






1. tough adj.

困難 (kun4 nan2)

例: That’s a really tough question, let me think it over.


2. admire v.

欣賞 (xin1 shang3)

例: He may have a fiery temper, but I admire his steely resolve.


3. throw in the towel v. phr.

放棄 (fang4 qi4)

例: When the going gets tough, Fredrick always throws in the towel.


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