In about 1990, I heard that in Japan, after completing a History bachelor's degree course of several years duration, the student was required to write down everything they knew about History. It would take the student several days to write it all down, and to prevent cheating, the student had to stay in a sort of hotel room, and was supplied with food and drink by the examiners until he or she had finished.

Was there ever, in Japan, or anywhere else, a university examination like this?

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    Bad ideas abound.
    – Buffy
    Apr 10 at 15:24
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    The old Cambridge Mathematical Tripos was notoriously broad and difficult. It was divided into 2 parts each consisting of multiple exam papers to be completed over a few days.
    – atom44
    Apr 10 at 17:59
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    That seems strange! nobody knows what he knows, unless they get into a situation that helps to know what they should remember. Mind is not like a computer with ordered/numbered cells of memory to check and recall the cells one by one.
    – m123
    Apr 11 at 16:50


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