he was given 26 books to read. each book was accompanied by a brief description of the author.
it was explained that 13 of the books were written by a male and 13 by a female. 13 had been written by a straight person and 13 by a gay person, and 13 by a trans person and 13 by a cis person.
it was further stated that the racial and national identities of the 26 authors were in an approximately correct proportion to those of the world’s population.
the testees were instructed to give an analysis of each book. no suggestions were given, and no length was specified.
the books were:
the tiger’s yawn , by sara ming
thunder at sunset, by ah chang
no lotuses for mr y, by edwina lee
the finishing line grows more distant, by a survivor
bulletproof blossoms, by wang mei
courtesy and contempt, by badri chopra
every person their own apocalypse, by rachana desai
the colonel is indisposed, by gregory mahto
nothing and nowhere, by babar
i am me and also you, by bettina jamali
the monkey’s earlobe, by farida kusuma
the ocean, by lelei sanchez
fat girl with grasshopper legs, by akane aoki
the fourth secret , by anna komroff
don’t go there, by valentina ospanov
the nonentity, by paul bartko
the candy volcano, by elio crespo
you did this to me by q qasimi
the prophet weeps at burger king, by aludra abdullah
a program for mister p, by john nakadama
white people are funny, by abioye
blank space, by melody bangojena
hitting the spot, by bethany fanshawe-st john
the obliterated, by tomas peron
the dog, by clara martinez
i just want mine back, by adam grady
the 26 books had all been produced by a single software program. the real test was for the testees to unqualifiedly identify this fact. and to do so on their own, as there was nothing in the test instructions suggesting that this might be so.
those who passed the test were admitted into a training program for the elite (a rigorous program, with only 8% of the trainees passing).
those who failed the test were returned to the general population.