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The Bard Entrance Examination

Candidates must write four essays, choosing from the 21 questions listed below. The questions are organized into three categories. One question must be answered from each category. The fourth essay may be from any of the three, thereby repeating a category. The suggested length for each of the four essays is 2,500 words, with the exception of questions B2, C1, and C3.

The Bard Entrance Examination application deadline is November 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants may enter and exit the examination as often as needed prior to the final deadline.

The Bard Entrance Examination will be available on June 2, 2014.

Sample Essay Topics for 2014

Category A: Social Science, History, and Philosophy

  • Question 1. "On a Supposed Right to Lie"
  • Question 2. The Constitution of the United States
  • Question 3. Confucius' Analects
  • Question 4. Inequality of Wealth in the United States
  • Question 5. Are Max Weber's Views Relevant Today?
  • Question 6. The United Nations

Category B: Arts and Literature

  • Question 1. The Pardoner's Tale
  • Question 2. A New National Anthem
  • Question 3. Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose"
  • Question 4. Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?
  • Question 5. What Is the Relationship between Truth and Beauty?
  • Question 6. Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
  • Question 7. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Category C: Science and Mathematics

  • Question 1. Game Prediction
  • Question 2. Design a Research Trial
  • Question 3. Factoring Numbers into Primes
  • Question 4: Chirality
  • Question 5. Prion Disorders
  • Question 6. Computers vs. Humans
  • Question 7. Gravity and Predicting Planets
  • Question 8. Why Is This Primarily a Scientific Rather than a Literary Passage?