F for Effort: A Call for Entries

Earlier this year, Chronicle published a book called F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers. The premise is basically that most everyone, at one point or another, has been in the situation of having studied hard, but when the big test arrives, you turn over the paper, and you draw a total blank… not a clue.

The book collects examples of the more creative and funny ways that students have tackled those particularly challenging exam questions. A few examples:

People seem to really love the book, which is incredibly gratifying. For instance, our publisher was riding the MUNI train (we’re based in San Francisco) and struck up a conversation with a fellow rider who was laughing out loud because he was reading… F in Exams!

The response has been strong enough that we’re compiling more material for a follow-up title, which we’re calling F for Effort, and which will be out next fall.

Are you a teacher who has been keeping a stash of your favorite student test responses? Are you a student who’s particularly pleased with how you answered question #39? If so, please consider submitting to the book! Any subject is fair game: English, math, science, history, geography, etc.

Please send a scan or a photograph of the page or pages in question to If we use your submission, we’ll send you a copy of the finished book. Please note, too, that we don’t name names in the book, so no one will need to fear the public spotlight, but we can all still enjoy.

Steve Mockus
Senior Editor

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Steve Mockus

Steve Mockus is a senior editor in the entertainment group at Chronicle Books.
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1 Comment

  • Amy Benoit December 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How do you know that when playing Rocks, Paper, Scissors with a partner it's a fair game?

    I know it's fair because my mom doesn't cheat!


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