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College exam literature section optional? Worry fills my heart

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Philosopher Tatsuru Uchida says he never minds how and where his writings are quoted.

In fact, he welcomes their being used, especially in school entrance tests and so-called practice exams, because students taking such tests must read between the lines very closely to accurately assess the author's intent.

"I personally feel that readers who peruse my writings so seriously are quite hard to come by," Uchida notes in "Machiba no Media Ron," a collection of lectures he has given at a university.

It is true that the level of concentration with which people read test questions is unlike anything they apply to routine reading. And the more intense their focus,........

© The Asahi Shimbun