Chinese Communist "princeling" Bo Xilai, expected by many to take a key leadership position in the leadership transition of 2012, was expelled from the Communist Party in September after a career that saw him as Mayor of Dalian City, Minister of Commerce and Party Chief of the Chongqing municipality. His wife Gu Kailai received a suspended death sentence in August 2012 for murdering British business partner Neil Heywood.
Another testing time for embattled vice-mayor
Chongqing Vice-Mayor Wang Lijun (pictured), embroiled in political controversy, has not only become the talk of microblogs and media reports, he now appears on a college's entry exam.
The Beijing Film Academy, one of the most prestigious film schools on the mainland, set a question about the renowned triad-buster in a test on Sunday for applicants hoping to major in film directing.
The multiple-choice question, which was the last among 100 in the exam, asks: 'Who is least relevant to Wang Lijun?'
Four choices are given: Wen Qiang, Wang Yang, Bo Xilai and Liu Yong. Wen was a police official arrested and executed during the Chongqing gang trials in 2008. Bo launched the gang crackdown, and Wang Lijun made a name for himself nationally during the operation. Liu was a gang leader in Shenyang, Liaoning, who was executed in 2003, and Wang Lijun was in charge of watching over him while he was in prison. The correct answer should be Wang Yang, the party secretary of Guangdong, who has no notable connection with Wang Lijun.
'The questions were so tough and shocking,' said Zhou Man, one of the exam-takers. 'I even thought I was taking a test for a political science major.'
She answered the question correctly, attributing her knowledge of Wang Lijun to her frequent use of mainland microblogs, which have been rife with millions of posts about him since his suspected attempt to defect to the United States last week.
Zhou said some other questions were about sensitive topics, such as the deadly Wenzhou high-speed train crash in July and the current bloody crackdown on protests in Syria.
The academy's media office declined to comment.
Wang Shiqing, who graduated from the academy six years ago, said: 'I think those are good questions. A filmmaker shouldn't only read books but should pay more attention to all of society.
'When we had the entrance test a decade ago, the questions were more standard and based on textbooks,' he said.