multiple choice

As I write I am procturing a test ( yes on a Saturday, and no I am not getting paid for it.)
The room is silent. The only noises I hear are pencils scratching on papers and pages turning. If I listen closely enough I swear I can hear their brains turning.

I have always been a good test-taker. I would still regularly brag about my SAT scores if it wre socially appropriate to do so(or an actual indicator of anything meaningful). There is something comforting about multiple choice. (well as long as you don't have the crappy all of the above or none of the above choices...just the classic A, B, C, D variety). There are parameters. Multiple choice means you have options. The right answer is right in front of you, and all you have to do is find it. Even if you don't actually know which one the right answer is there are usually clues, it can be narrowed down or worked backwards. Even a blind guess is likely to be right 25% of the time. These aren't bad odds. All you have to do is mark your answer dark and neat and move on to the next question. If you are wrong, so what. The worst that can happen is that you lose a few points.

My life is not multiple choice. It is more of the short answer variety. No hints or clues. Just big blank spaces. Sometimes I not even sure that there are right answers out there. Choices would be so much easier to make if there was always an A, B, C or D.

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