life rattle show no. 1345

Presented on thursday, juLY 2, 2015


hosted by Virginia Ashberry



"Final Exam"
by Annie Ng



tonight's Show

Life Rattle Number 1345 features a classic story by Annie Ng.

Annie Ng was born in 1967 in Toronto, the youngest of four. Ng’s father immigrated to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1954, leaving his mother, wife and three young sons behind until 1965 when the family united. Annie went to school and grew up in downtown Toronto. She began studying science at university in 1986, but felt unprepared. She left school in the middle of her second year and found work as a government file clerk. Ng returned to university in 1992. This time she moved away from the sciences toward writing and studying psychoanalytic thought. Annie Ng graduated in 1997 and went on to graduate studies.

"Final Exam" is a short essay on the communal stress and individual pressure to attain good grades. Ng describes in fine detail the environment and process of the exam, from the drab tables, crowded room and cold hard instructor’s commands. Yet, in the middle of all this formality, a personal human desire to achieve.