Claim: Faced with a test question he cannot answer, a student tricks his instructor into believing that one of his exam booklets was lost.
Example: [Brunvand, 1986]
This student went into his final examination with an
Variations: A variant
of this legend has the student simply turning in a blank blue book (which is discarded by the grader), then successfully claiming that his blue book was lost.
Origins: This tale (which dates to at least the 1930s) is one of several collegiate legends featuring students who cheat on exams through the mechanism of substituted or switched test booklets, such as the
Last updated: 20 June 2011
Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Mexican Pet. New York: W. W. Norton, 1986. ISBN 0-393-30542-2 (p. 196). Girdler, Lou. “The Legend of the Second Blue Book.” Western Folklore. Issue 29  (pp. 111-113).
Also told in:
Croucher, John. Exam Scams. St Leonards, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1996. ISBN 1-86448-165-X (pp. 22-23). Dale, Rodney. The Tumour in the Whale. London: Duckworth, 1978. ISBN 0-7156-1314-6 (p. 45). The Big Book of Urban Legends. New York: Paradox Press, 1994. ISBN 1-56389-165-4 (p. 208).