These students are Year 13 in the New Zealand education system, I'm not sure how that translates to other systems but the students are about 17 years old.
Year 13 students are worried they might fail their history exam because they didn't know what the word "trivial" meant.
Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and consequences paper on Wednesday were confronted with the word in a quote from Julius Caesar: "Events of importance are the result of trivial causes."
Students were asked to analyse the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with Caesar, with reference to the causes and consequences of a historical event.
A spokeswoman for NZQA said the language used in the question "was expected to be within the range of vocabulary for a NCEA Level 3 History student