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History reboot: Australian students reveal robots at heart of the Bolshevik Revolution

Published time: November 17, 2012 12:06
Edited time: November 17, 2012 16:06
The image that reportedly appeared on the exam paper

The image that reportedly appeared on the exam paper

Thousands of students taking their final high school exam in Australia were dazed and confused when they detected a huge robot helping revolutionaries in the thick of action during the Russian Revolution.

­It turned out that the image was accidentally included in this year’s history exam taken by some 5,700 students, The Age website reported.

The title of Nikolay Kochergin's famous artwork, "Storming the Winter Palace on 25th October 1917", speaks for itself, putting the spotlight on the events set during the October Revolution.

However, when students opened their exam they saw a revamped version of the work featuring a huge "BattleTech Marauder" robot helping the revolutionaries to move forward, The Age informed, noting it was unclear how the doctored version made it into the exam.

It's likely that those in charge of piecing the history test together took a shortcut with Google Search. For some reason they failed to notice that the chosen image differed from the original.

A spokesman for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority told The Age it was "sourced and acknowledged by the VCAA as coming from the internet".

She promised the VCAA would monitor students' answers to ensure that those distracted by the image wouldn't be disadvantaged.

It's reportedly not the first time the educational authority has been involved in an awkward situation in its exam papers.

Last year popular columnist Helen Razer accused the VCAA of plagiarism after the English exam allegedly featured tattoos by the writer without her permission or acknowledging she was the author.