Now you, too, can answer standardized test questions about me. In April I shared some of the funny tweets that bored Texas teenagers posted after being forced to answer reading comprehension questions about me on a standardized test (called STAAR). Turns out that test has been released! [Full text of the test.]
Test takers are asked to read the content of a Technology Review article about me by Kurt Kleiner, and a Newsweek article about Barry Bingham. They then must answer a number of questions about me and Barry, and write a short essay comparing us. It is surprisingly embarrassing to imagine someone having to actually take the test, and I cringe just reading it.
But I really enjoyed the wrong answers:
- In paragraph 1, the author quotes William Chang to show that (X) Teevan caused problems as an intern.
- In the article, what is the most likely reason Teevan wouldn’t discuss the commercial release of her programs? (X) She is modest about her accomplishments.
- Why does the author end the article with a quotation? (X) To hint that Teevan is preparing to change careers.
- What is one similarity between the selections? (X) They both explain the harm caused by the advent of the digital age.
- Unlike the author in “Digital Dad Versus the Dinosaurs,” the author of “2009 Young Innovators Under 35: Jaime Teevan, 32” (X) clearly admires his subject.