The Eight-part Essay Examination
During the Chenghua Year of the Ming Dynasty (1465-1487), the imperial examination system underwent significant changes featuring the elaboration on the ideas via parallelism and antithesis, which is known as "the Eight-part Essay Examination", or "current essays", "stereotyped writing" or "creative arts". This model continued since then with increasingly strict format so that candidates paid too much attention to the format,while the works became increasingly devoid of content. It was not abolished until the Hundred Days’ Reform in the 24th year of Emperor Guangxu in the late Qing Dynasty (1898). In the 31st year of Emperor Guangxu (1905), the whole imperial examination system was abolished.