What is TRUE about where the earth’s axis of rotation points as the earth moves along its yearly path around the sun?

  1. The earth’s axis of rotation gradually shifts over the course of one year so that every day it points to a different place in space.
  2. The earth’s axis of rotation shifts twice each year, so it points to two different places in space during a year.
  3. The earth’s axis of rotation shifts four times each year, so it points to four different places in space during a year.
  4. The earth’s axis of rotation does not shift, so it always points to the same place in space during a year.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item CL094002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall23%
Grades 6–822%
Grades 9–1224%
Male22%
Female23%
Primary Language is English22%
Primary Language is not English24%

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