This dream has been viewed 3198 times.I find myself in a school class room setting. We are all seated facing the front as is the usual set up. I am at one of those individual desks, the large kind, not the tiny kind that you end up with at college. Attached to the front of the desk is a sort of box with a slot in it for deposting quarters. I learn that we are going to take a test, and for each attempt at answering a question we must deposit a quarter. For some reason I don't think it's out-rageous, but I am worried that I don't have enough quarters to take the whole test, though I do seem to have quite a LOT of quarters. I remember asking the teacher how I will know how many quarters I have already deposited, supposing I forget. He tells me there is a digital counter on each desk that will let me know how many quarters there are inserted. I remember saying how the earlier model of such a desk I used did not have such a counter. He says something along the lines of "you're lucky to have one now." I guess he was right. I remember looking around to see if my class mates all had lots of quarters, because they would all need them. One for each question.
The test appeared to involve writing a story. The teacher reads something to us. I am pretty surprised, and kind of grossed out that the story he reads to us has a baby-eating theme to it. One of the lines from the story was how some woman complained about having to use a tooth-pick to remove some flesh from a perforrating device. (The perforrator is a sort of sewing tool. It looks like a tiny pizza cutter, one of those round blades on the end of a stick. In this instance the wheel has little spikes all around it). I remember imaging using my teeth and tounge to suck off particles of baby meat, and I was really disgusted. I can't remember anymore from the stroy, but then the teacher also shows us a short black and white film reel. It seemed to be the same story that the teacher just read. I was feeling sort of shocked at the base and disgusting theme. One of the male students remarked, sarcastically, that the teacher should have just showed us the movie from the beginning and left out the reading part. I forget if I thought he was right or not.
There were some parts of the test that required creative writing. Before the teacher had read the story then showed us a movie I had had a general idea for a story plot for my test, it was going to be a murder mystery, but then, after the baby eatting plot the teacher read I thought that my plot was too similar to the story the teacher just read to us. I didn't want him to think that I wasn't trying. I was worried for my grade, trying to think up a whole new story idea. I thought that I needed to leave out any murder of any kind. I forget what I finally thought of to use as a story plot.
More of the test was math problems. I remember being able to see some of the forth coming problems. They way they were arranged made me think of side ways Christmas trees. Just as a sample illustration, and not that these following numbers will make any sense at all, they looked something like this (since I can type this illustration)
=P 23-7y X 7 =X 78 X 12y ~ 76z X2=4 451/2.4+6=T -1=4
At some point there was a break in the testing process. Although I don't remember acutally taking any part of the test. I wondered if during the very tiny break I might be able to look up how to do those crazy side-ways Christmas tree math problems.I did not ever remember doing any such problems before, and I knew I was probobly just going to have to try my best and hope I get maybe two or three right just by pure chance.
In some other part of the dream I am in another class room to take yet a different test. Althought it was not math, I found myself rather mortified because I realized I knew just about nothing about the subject the teacher wanted us to write about. This time the teacher is a woman. She had her hair tied up in the typical spinster bun at the top of her head. I always thought the "bun" made anyone who wore their hair like that, look elderly. The subject was the historical Princess Anastasia. I remember feeling my face feeling a bit hot, knowing that pretty much all I knew about Anastasia was that she was the daughter of a Russian Czar, whom were pretty much, except for her, all murdered. I remember wondering how I could possibly stretch that into a 1,000 word essay. I knew it wasn't going to work. Then I tried to reherse some confessions to my teacher how I knew nothing at all about the subject, or at least such a neglible amount that I might as well know nothing. I imagined her telling me "well, what do you want me to do about it?" and all I would really want her to do about it is find it in her heart to forgive me. I felt absoultely wrecthed, and wondered to myself how did I ever get myself into this mess, and how from now on I had better study before my tests. Somehow these tests got past me before I knew they were coming up.
Additional Comments:On a side note, the night before last the name Anastasia came up in a dream. Oddly enough, I was looking through stacks of written document, one of which was called "Anastasia". It stuck in my mind because it was the largest file and it was printed on three different colors of paper, white, a very pale green and pink. It was bound at the top with a binder clip. There were other paper doucment, some of them also copied on different colored paper. I remember that I was getting pretty grumbly and pissed off because someone was "messing" around with the Anastasia document and I needed to take it back to keep it safe. I forget how someone else was messing with it, just that they were, and that I was angry about it. I was also concerned about the other documents, but no one was bothering them, so I didn't need to grouse at anyone over those. I forget why the Anastasia document was so important. I don't know why it was called that. It's very unusual for such a name to come up in my dreams twice so close together. It should be noted that I had been looking for a copy of the animated movie Anastasia, but I am looking for a good deal, not wanting to pay the $25 or so I have seen it being sold for on DVD. I don't know if that has anything to do with the name appearing in my dream, though it's really the only likely source. There is also a character by that name in the Hellboy series, but other than that the name does not occur to me.