. . . students came to college knowing
A) that Latin America, Europe and Africa are not countries;
B) the difference between a novel, an article, a poem, and a play;
C) that the United States did not exist in the 8th century;
D) that Jesus did not predate Moses, and Prophet Mohammad did not predate either of them.
This is not too much to ask, is it?
P.S. Right after I posted this, I read in a student's final exam that Latin America is a city. After this, students who at least grant it the status of an entire country sound like geniuses.