The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pennsylvania is going ahead with a plan to offer school districts state-approved final exams that students would have to take to get diplomas. This brings back the dreaded Regents exams of my New York youth, which I’m not sure did any good for anybody. I’ll withhold judgment on the wisdom of such testing in general but I will say that if one of the examples included in Inquirer is any indication of the quality of the questions, this is a really, really bad idea.
Try it for yourself and put your answer as a comment, anonymously if you prefer. I will post the correct answer later today. (No fair checking out the Inquirer!) Okay here goes.
“Read the sentence in bold print below. Then choose the sentence that best incorporates the necessary revisions and maintains the meaning of the original sentence.
People are irritating when they listen to their favorite kind of music but won’t listen to other types of music.
Revise to the least critical tone.
A. People can annoy others when they listen only to their favorite music but won’t listen to other types of music.
B. People are in danger of angering others when they insist on their favorite music despite other available music.
C. People who like a certain kind of music should be willing to recognize the value of other types of music as well.
D. People can be considered narrow-minded when they refuse to consider other types of music besides their own favorite tunes.”