place concrete construction blocks on top of each bridge until it collapses
stack coins on both ends of each bridge until it collapses
place D-cell batteries at the center of each bridge until it collapses
(Suggested correct answer: D)
10th-grade multiple-choice question (2004)
In the first step of making some ceramic cups, the following manufacturing process is used. Liquid clay is poured into a mold, allowed to solidify, then removed from the mold.
What is the name of this manufacturing process?
(Suggested correct answer: A)
This instrument is well matched to the Massachusetts standards in science, technology, and engineering at the 5th-, 8th-, and 10th-grade levels. Most of the questions are multiple choice and focus on knowledge of course content, identification of terms, and rote memorization. A few open-ended questions require higher order thinking or design thinking to solve problems. For some questions, the distracters seemed just as plausible as the suggested correct answers.
Glen Aikenhead and Alan Ryan, University of Saskatchewan, with funding from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council