The Scholars by Wu Jingzi shows the development of intellectual values during the late imperial Ch

The Scholars by Wu Jingzi shows the development of intellectual values during the late imperial Ch

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The Scholars by Wu Jingzi shows the development of intellectual values during the late imperial China. The examination system was considered as a significant factor in determining the intelligence of individuals. Those who succeeded in this exam had the good reputations and were able to work as officials. Passing the exam was almost like an ultimate goal of their lives and it was almost like a dream come true. In order to prepare the exam, the money is also required. Thus, people who were having a hard time with the poverty did not fairly have the chance to even prepare the exam. It was not just the matter of the money, sometimes they needed to spend almost their whole life time to pass the exam. For example in The Scholars, the Fan Chin spent almost 35 years to succeed. Ironically, how well people do on the exam became the scale of judging their intelligence. The reputations after succeeding the exam were incredible. At first, the Fan Chin in this story was pool and considered valueless by his father-in-law. However, the
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Unformatted text preview: attitudes of people toward the Fan Chin changed completely when they found out Fan Chin succeeded in the exam. Even Fan Chins father-in-law became nice to him. In my opinion, the examination system was not a good way of judging peoples intelligence. Not everyone have the same chance to succeed in the exam. In addition, it was way hard to do well on the test, it caused that most people had to spend their whole life for preparing it. The intelligence is the wide concept, someone who has the good writing skill does not necessarily mean he or she is intelligent. Without the money, people could not even think about the exam. The way that they qualified the officials for the state during the imperial China was not fair. I think however it has the positive effects as well. It kind of brought out the idea of intelligence throughout the China, and it also created the motivations to succeed their life....
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