Why do lions have manes? And what noise should a new musical instrument make? Why Oxford University asks its applicants bizarre questions

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Oxford University has revealed the conundrums posed to candidates - including why lions have manes and what noise a new musical instrument should make.

The prestigious institution has released its annual batch of sample questions potential students may have to face as part of its ongoing attempts to demystify the application process.

Days - October - Deadline - Undergraduates - Place

It comes just days before the October 15 deadline for would-be undergraduates to apply for a place to start at Oxford next autumn.

Among this year's offerings is a question for law candidates, on the legality of running red lights at night on empty roads.

Interviewer - Jon - Herring - Exeter - College

Interviewer Jon Herring of Exeter College said: 'The ability to think normatively is important to the study of law, so we are interested in what candidates think the law ought to be, but more important is their capacity to justify their position.

'This involves being able analyse concepts, critically appraise arguments and the reasoning behind a position, as well as to consider objections and to offer rebuttals to those objections.

Right - Answer - Question - Example - Candidate

'There isn't a right or wrong answer to this question; we would be using the example to see how well the candidate could justify their stance.'

Potential French students could find themselves faced with being asked to consider what someone loses if they only read a work of foreign literature in translation.

'This - Question - Candidates - Languages - Literature

'This is a good question as it helps us to see how candidates think about both languages and literature,' according to Jane Hiddleston of Exeter College.

'They might be able to tell us about the challenges of translation, about...
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