Item WC034002: It is colder in the winter at a given place than in the summer because sunlight reaches that place at a smaller angle in the winter.

A student lives in a town where the summers are very warm and the winters are very cold. Why is it colder in the winter than in the summer?

  1. Because sunlight is cooled by the cold air in the winter.
  2. Because sunlight reaches the town at a smaller angle in the winter.
  3. Because sunlight has to pass through more clouds to get to the town in the winter.
  4. Because sunlight has to travel a much longer distance to get to the town in the winter.

Distribution of Responses

Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item WC034002

Percent of students responding correctly

Overall41%
Grades 6–841%
Grades 9–1241%
Male41%
Female41%
Primary Language is English41%
Primary Language is not English37%

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