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Old June 30th, 2013, 04:48 PM
HimanshuV
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Default Re: Oxford Entrance Interview Questions

These are the some interview questions of Oxford which was asked in last session.

Q: Why do you think an English student might be interested in the fact that Coronation Street has been running for 50 years?

What Dr Robson says about the question: “First and foremost, this brings popular culture into the mix and shows that techniques of literary analysis can be applied to other media. It could also open up discussion about things such as techniques of storytelling; mixing humorous and serious storylines/characters; how a writer might keep viewers or readers engaged; collaborative writing; the use of serialisation, and how writers/texts might move from being perceived as ‘popular’ (like Dickens, say) to being ‘canonical’.”

Subject: Music

Interviewer: Dan Grimley, tutor in music, Merton College

Q: If you could invent a new musical instrument, what kind of sound would it make?

What Dr Grimley says about the question: “This question is really very open-ended, and I’m interested in answers that demonstrate a critical imagination at work – what kinds of sounds do instruments/voices make now, and how might these be imaginatively extended/developed? Are there new ways of producing sound (digital media) that have transformed the way we listen or understand sound? Is the idea of an ‘instrument’ somehow outdated these days, and can we imagine more symbiotic/hybrid ways of generating/experiencing musical sound? It’s by no means limited to classical music – I’d welcome answers that deal with musical styles and tastes of all kinds.”

Subject: Biological sciences

Interviewer: Martin Speight, tutorial Fellow in biology, St Anne’s College

Q: Here’s a cactus. Tell me about it.

What Dr Speight says about the question: “We wouldn’t actually phrase the question this way – we give the student a cactus in a pot and a close-up photo of the cactus’ surface structure and ask them to describe the object in as much detail as possible using the plant and the photo. We are looking for observation and attention to detail, both at the large and micro scale. We ask them to account for what they see – this means they don’t have to use memory or knowledge about cacti (even if they have it) but to deduce the uses and functions of the shapes, sizes, structures that they have just described. So for example, why be fat and bulbous, why have large sharp spines, surrounded by lots of very small hair-like spines? Why does it have small cacti budding off the main body?

Subject: Biological Sciences

Interviewer: Owen Lewis, Brasenose College

Q: Would it matter if tigers became extinct?

Owen: ‘This question is not about hoping students will display their expert knowledge of tigers. Most applicants would instinctively answer “Yes...”, but it is the “because....” that interests me, and can help to distinguish critical thinkers. I might follow up this question by asking if it would matter if less glamorous creatures – like fungi – went extinct.’

Subject: French

Interviewer: Stephen Goddard, St Catherine’s College

Q: In a world where English is a global language, why learn French?

Stephen: ‘I might use this question early in an interview in order to set the candidate thinking, and to elicit some idea of their motivation before moving on to more specific questions. Given the nature of the Modern Languages course, I would be interested in responses about the French language as a 'window' into French culture/literature/history, knowledge of which is valuable in itself/essential to understanding today's world, etc.; but would also be happy to see candidates investigate some of the assumptions underlying the question: _Is_ English a global language? What about Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, etc.? Can we not in fact still consider French a global language? And so on.’

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