Item CL038002: For two places in North America, the one where the maximum height the sun reaches in the sky is lower must be farther north.

The graphs below represent the maximum height of the sun in the sky over the course of a year at two different places in North America. What must be TRUE about the two places?

  1. Place 1 is farther north of the equator than Place 2.
  2. Place 2 is farther north of the equator, than Place 1.
  3. They are the same distance from the equator but Place 1 is east of Place 2.
  4. The maximum height of the sun would be different at two places only if something is different about the places, such as one is on a mountain and the other is not.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL038002

Percent of students responding correctly

Grades 6–826%
Grades 9–1230%
Primary Language is English29%
Primary Language is not English20%

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