Exactly the same as James T Lowe (I made up my mind before scrolling down)!
It's funny - often a way of answering these questions is not selecting the right answer but discarding the wrong ones... In this case I could only discard 2 and of the 2 left D seemed to be more likely (to me).
Joined: Jul 20, 2004 Posts: 3702 Location: Birmingham, UK
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:11 pm Post subject:
I have come to the conclusion it was badly explained in the book. This is what I found as the definition on a website:
There are two definitions that are used to describe closed questions. A common definition is:
1. A closed question can be answered with either a single word or a short phrase.
Thus 'How old are you?' and 'Where do you live?' are closed questions.
A more limiting definition is:
2. A closed question can be answered with either 'yes' or 'no'.
Thus 'Are you happy?' and 'Is that a knife I see before me?' are closed questions, whilst 'How are you?' and even 'How old are you?' are not, by this definition, closed. This limited definition is also sometimes called a 'yes or no' question, for obvious reasons.
Using closed questions
Closed questions have the following characteristics:
They give you facts.
They are easy to answer.
They are quick to answer.
They keep control of the conversation with the questioner.
So it looks as though there are two types of closed question, and while it only explained the second one in my text book, there was a question on the first one.
Joined: Oct 12, 2004 Posts: 1003 Location: EGSY (Sheffield) Once a city with an airport :-(
Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 7:32 pm Post subject:
WhirlyGirl, I think you interpreted the definition of a Closed Question incorrectly - it didn't mean the Answer is either Yes or No, it meant, the answer is Yes, or the answer is No. It couldn't be either as one is incorrect.
I hate smart-ass questions cos whatever you say, there will be an argument against. IB's way of looking at it is quite a good one..
a way of answering these questions is not selecting the right answer but discarding the wrong ones...
and seems to work fairly well for the newer PPL exams (the 4 option ones) although a bit of knowledge is useful too!
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