Item CL057002: Any place at the equator is much warmer than the north pole because the sun is more directly overhead at the equator than at the north pole.

Which of the following statements is the main reason why any place at the equator is much warmer than the North Pole?

  1. Because the sun is more directly overhead at the equator than at the North Pole, the sunlight is more intense
  2. Because the equator is closer to the sun than the North Pole, the sunlight is more intense
  3. Because the North Pole has more snow, which makes the air colder than at the equator
  4. Because energy from deep inside the earth comes out at the equator and warms the air there

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Percent of students responding correctly

Overall44%
Grades 6–844%
Grades 9–1245%
Male45%
Female43%
Primary Language is English44%
Primary Language is not English40%

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