Donald Duck and Gobbledygook

Tilly Rose



1.Should people write dissertations on Donald Duck?

2.Who would play you in a film of your life?

3.If you could make up a word what would it be?


After a quick google of Oxford interview questions, I went into panic mode. For weeks prior to this I had read as many books as I could, learnt all about the authors and revised the questions I thought Oxford might ask. Never in a million years had I envisaged this weird and wonderful selection.


I was now losing the will to live.


In a last ditch attempt, I began to plan answers to these questions:

  1. ‘urm well in reference to Donald Duck, it depends what you deem to be ‘real literature’. It isn’t a canonical work in educational institutions but I suppose you could apply literary theory to it and linguistically analyse it’

  2. ‘A film of my life, oh gosh I had absolutely no idea’( Was I now going to have to find time to watch films on top of all this reading?)

  3. “Dredgearidge’’ Weirdly, I’d thought of this one when I read The Great Gatsby. I felt there were certain books and films which had a dull, monotonous, oppressiveness hanging over them. My word summed this up through its length and harsh phonology.’

I can’t speak for everyone but I’m yet to meet a single person who was asked these sorts of questions at their Oxford interview!

Top Tips

  • Focus on the subject matter and stick to it.

  • Don’t spread yourself too thinly and fill your mind with unnecessary facts that will only confuse you.

  • Keep your knowledge grounded in reality.

  • The tutors don’t ask any trick questions, they just try to stretch your mind.

  • They are mainly interested in how you think and your knowledge.

Here are a few interview questions that Oxford have released:

In a world where English is a global language, why learn French?

What is ‘normal’ for humans?

Is someone who risks their own life (and those of others) in extreme sports or endurance activities a hero or a fool?

Why do many animals have stripes?

Here’s a cactus. Tell me about it.

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