Item CL039002: In the southern hemisphere, if the maximum height the sun reaches in the sky is lower throughout the year at one place than at another place, the place where the maximum height of the sun is lower must be farther south.

The graphs below represent the maximum height of the sun in the sky over the course of a year at two different places in South America.

What must be TRUE about the two places?

  1. Place 1 is farther south of the equator than Place 2.
  2. Place 2 is farther south 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 CL039002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall39%
Grades 6–838%
Grades 9–1241%
Male40%
Female39%
Primary Language is English39%
Primary Language is not English38%

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