"Canned" reading test material that came with the book "Read This 3" from CUP
(Canned test material is of course usually rubbish, but I was short of time and lazy, and used some of it for a small part of my midterm. Mea culpa).
1.About how much will it cost for one night in a space hotel? (a)about $1,000,000 , (b)about $100,000 (c) about $1,000
2.What form of transport will take people to a space hotel? (a) a helicopter (b) a space shuttle ©a jet airplane.
3.About how far away from Earth will space hotels be? (a)30,000 miles (b)620 miles (c)300 miles
4.How often will a space hotel circle the Earth? (a) every 300 minutes (b) every 90 minutes (c) every 45 minutes
5.How often will you see a sunset from a space hotel? (a) every 300 minutes (b) every 90 minutes (c) every 45 minutes.
The according-to-the-reading "correct" answer to 4 is (b), and to 5 is (c). These are of course incompatible so they cannot both be correct.
As an experiment, I gave them a supplementary review question after giving them the "correct" answers on returning the papers.
Two of the facts given in the reading, (which are also the answers to two of the above questions) disagree.They cannot both be correct, so the reading is wrong.
Say which two facts/answers disagree, and explain why. It may help to draw a diagram.
50 1st year "A stream" (4WIW) students. How many do you think managed to identify the conflicting pair of answers?
We reach for the sky. Neither does civilisation.
(Incidentally, if the search button is your friend, you must have some bloody useless, dysfunctional friends)