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  • How the heck does Peppermint Patty score 100% on an exam?!
    • Dumb luck.
      • Also it's not unheard of for the correct answers in children's multiple choice tests to form some sort of shape. Patty, by sheer luck filled out the correct points of the outline of the face.
    • To elaborate, the movie makes no attempt to hide the fact that Peppermint Patty made her answer choices in order to make a smiley face while Chuck's were rushed answers to get his test in on time. The only difference is, Patty was lucky enough that her art project coincided with the actual test answers.
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    • It's a huge spoof of the entire concept of the Standardized Test and how worthless it is. Linus gives a speech about it not five minutes before, with Schroeder providing musical accompaniment.
  • Charlie Brown pulled out The Little Red-Haired Girl's name from the fish bowl to pick as a partner for a book report assignment. Erm... shouldn't this mean he now knows what her real name is? Why does he keep calling her "The Little Red-Haired Girl" from there on out?
    • Chuck's self-esteem is so low he probably doesn't feel worthy even calling her by her name. From a storytelling perspective though... let's be honest. After all these years do we REALLY want to know her name? We'd still be calling her 'The Little Red-Haired Girl' no matter what.
    • The Little Red-Haired Girl's name was Heather in some of the old specials, and a Freeze-Frame Bonus of the test scores list shows that's her name in this movie too. note 
  • Why is Charlie Brown allowed to partner up with someone who's out of town the entire time the report is supposed to be worked on? Even assuming there wasn't any reason the book report was in pairs to begin with, that basically amounts to one student doing another's work, which is generally considered a bad thing. Did she just not let the teacher know how long she'd be gone despite letting the other kids know?
    • Maybe her departure was sudden and unexpected, since her family was tending to a sick relative. If that was the case, maybe she was gone longer than expected as well. Admittedly it doesn't make a lot of sense for the teacher to assign Charlie Brown all the work. Possibly the idea was for them to discuss the book over the phone, but Chuck was too shy to call her.
      • Even then, it still does seem weird that the redheaded girl wasn't excused from the assignment - or at least allowed to perform a make-up assignment.
      • Considering this school has a history (going back decades) of forcing elementary school students to read college-level literature and making them write reports far above their grade level, it's not a stretch to assume they give no leniency for any sort of emergency.
    • It's Charlie Brown. It would honestly be more surprising if the universe (Miss Othmar in this case) wasn't actively trying to screw him over.
  • Why does Charlie Brown run to the bus to ask the Little Red-Haired Girl a question when he could have more easily written it in a letter?
    • There are some things that a person needs to be told in person, when he or she can see the person being asked face to face and witness the sincerity in his or her voice and body language. Chuck most likely knew if he asked in a letter, he'd forever be wondering if she meant what she wrote, or was just saying it to spare his feelings.
    • That, and he was also planning to return her pencil. He just sort of panicked when this turned out to involve running to catch her before she got on the bus instead of just walking across the street like he expected.
  • How does getting a perfect score on a test suddenly make Charlie Brown a celebrity? Okay, being popular among his classmates is one thing, but the fact that an assembly is held, he gets a medal, and there's a brief mention that people will be calling this day "Charlie Brown day"? Kids can only do so much - some of that stuff had to be done by the adults.
    • Must've been one hell of a hard test to have to have gone to that extent. And considering the fact that Charlie Brown is never allowed to succeed at anything…
    • Marcie reads a letter from the principal, clearly indicating the school was at least involved in the assembly. And Charlie Brown didn't just get a perfect score; he's the first kid in history to get a perfect score. (May just be within the school, but still.)
      • In the era of No Child Left Behind, Charlie Brown's Peppermint Patty's perfect score on what is likely a very high-stakes test probably netted the school a windfall in federal money.
    • That was a scantron test and, thanks to No Child Left Behind, those can be some real Serious Business. Explanation for non-Americans 
    • In this troper's mind, everyone was just so amazed that Charlie Brown's first success happened to be something as impressive as getting a perfect test score.
  • If there is an assembly specifically held for Charlie Brown, why does he seat in the public, and gets called to go to the stage? Shouldn't he go to the stage directly?


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