examination system jan28,2009

examination system jan28,2009 - Chinas examination hell The...

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China’s examination hell The civil service examinations (keju zhidu) (important to china) Chronology: instituted in 587, abolished in 1904 Overall structure: - County exams - Provincial exams - Metropolitan exam - Palace exam ^Multi-layers of exam system Purpose: To recruit new blood into the imperial gov (bureaucracy/officialdom). Highly selective. To ensure that officialdom was filled with men steeped in the Confucian classics, history, and literature To provide fair, equitable merit-based method of recruitment of officials, theoretically open to everyone Pre-modern china as a meritocracy: political power (from higher court officials down to lowly local magistrates) is entrusted to men selected on the basis of “merit” as measured by exams that test classical learning, knowledge of history, law, administration, and personal character. Prep for the exams: Confucian Classics that were memorize Analects Menicius Book of Changes Documents Poetry Rites Zuo commentary on Spring and…….
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The importance of book learning: Poem by Song emperor Zhenzong (998-1023) The education of a young boy: learning oral and written exegesis of themes quoted from
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