A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng
A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng

Hong Kong exam question on China and Japan sparked outrage – but debates on potential good from invasions and bloodshed have historical precedent in tests

  • Past tests have touched on the Cultural Revolution, violent independence movements and even Japanese occupation in Southeast Asia
  • But educators say if certain questions are to become taboo, the Education Bureau should offer specific guidance on the matter

Topic |   Education
A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng
A 2014 history question on Hong Kong’s university entrance exam asked whether the Cultural Revolution had ‘good intentions but yielded bad results’. Photo: Li Zhensheng
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