I don't believe ya! He must be really mean ;)
It was a she, you know. ;-)
I wanted to say something here, but my jaw is still firmly stuck to the floor where it fell ... :-S
Well, you can imagine my state of mind at that moment...
She was part of some teacher exchange programme or other. From what I gathered, questions such as the above were meant to make sure us nasty students actually read all the prescribed novels. A typical primary school approach.
Today teacher in high school struggles to go through all programme not mentioning revising it with kids
It was the same story then, PLUS school books were printed in very small amounts, so many of us never had one, and most of the teaching was done in the form of lectures presented by our teachers (that's in liceum). We had to note down everything, and our notes were the only means of revising whatever had been said in class. But somehow most teachers still found the time to actually discuss stuff with us. Maybe because we were always given loads of homework and could catch up on the curriculum requirements that way. Anyway, it did us no harm :-)