You've gotten some good answers, and some helpful information. Let me explain this situation from the teacher's point of view. You are smart enough to know that, unless the teacher is a complete fool, he's not going to simply hand you the same test everyone else took. He has no way of knowing whether...
Best answer: You've gotten some good answers, and some helpful information. Let me explain this situation from the teacher's point of view. You are smart enough to know that, unless the teacher is a complete fool, he's not going to simply hand you the same test everyone else took. He has no way of knowing whether you were told the test questions by someone else, or whether you made yourself a "cheat sheet" of the answers to the multiple choice and "true/false" questions. It would be easy enough to hide one in lots of places, and the teacher is aware of this. Your being absent on test day, therefore, forces the teacher to create a special test just for you. (Now comes a part that you will not understand until you are a teacher yourself.) A "multiple choice, true/false" test is easy to grade, but difficult to produce, requires a lot of thinking and preparation, and cannot be written "just off the top of one's head." An "essay" type test is the opposite. It takes a lot of time and effort to grade, but is easy to create. That's the position your teacher was in. He didn't have the time or energy to write a special "true/false" test just for you, so he created a test based on essay questions. Your point of view is that you should have gotten the same kind of test that everyone else had, and I hear you. But from the teacher's perspective, that wasn't practical. Your point of view is that you had a valid reason for not being in class when the original test was given (your question does not give the reason), but the teacher's point of view is that it doesn't matter why you were not there. The fact of your not being there when the rest of the class took a test forced the teacher either to tell you "no make-up exams," in which case he feels bad because your grade goes down, or, the other choice would be to give you a make-up test which he has to create, read, and grade. You are correct in saying that the teacher failed to ask a "question" in the example you gave, and I agree with you that the expectation is not clear. The instructions should have been better, and the test items should have been more clearly expressed as real "questions." But the bottom line is that you were absent when the original test was given, and that fact created a problem. You're dealing with the aftermath of your absence, and what you need to learn here is "Don't miss tests unless you are about to die." Consider very carefully any "reason," even "sickness," which might prevent you from being in school on a test day, and make every effort to take the test when everyone else does. Some teachers simply do not allow make-up work at all, so developing the habit of not missing tests will serve you well in the future.
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