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    How should True and False questions be answered?

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    Dear Student,
    Hi. I needed to 'dissect' your post a bit. I have deducted that your question is regarding how True and False questions should be answered. You are also referring to the 'choices' question format so I am assuming that you are talking about multiple-choice questions. So, how do we answer True and False questions and how is it different from multiple-choice (where you choose from a, b, c, d answers)?

    When we ask true or false questions, we basically are looking for the answer of either - you must choose between 'true or false'. Usually this is an evaluation of a statement. Below, I will give you an example of how true & false questions are answered in 2 ways - one with the choice of only True or False as answers, the other includes a 'defense' of the answer. The question is simple but comes from the 'natural science' domain. For example:

    "The Sky is Blue. True or False?" - here you are asked to answer whether this is right or wrong. You can answer "true" for this question. And yes, you can 'defend' your answer, if you are asked to do it. But to be sure that you should defend your answer, the instructions must contain that - it must tell you to defend it. The question then should look like this:

    "The Sky is Blue. True or False? Defend your Answer." The answer therefore will look like this, for example:

    Answer - "True, the sky is blue. The reason for this is the phenomenon of Rayleigh scattering. When light passes through the atmosphere, the longer wavelengths pass true and the shorter ones are captured by gas molecules. Blue is a short wavelength light and is reflected and scattered across the sky. This is why the sky is blue."

    Now, for multiple choice questions, you only have to choose an answer from the choices given. For example:

    Q. Why is the Sky Blue?
    a) Because of Rayleigh scattering.
    b) Because the true color of light is blue.
    c) Because other colors are invisible to the naked eye - the truth is the sky is the color of a rainbow.
    d) None of the above.
    Answer: a.

    As you can see, in multiple choice questions, the only answer you have to give is the letter that corresponds to your choice.

    Now, since you are asking this question in Sociology, I am going to assume that the problem you are supposed to answer is 'sociological'. remember therefore that if the question asks you to choose 'true or false', you just have to choose either. But if it asks you to explain your answer, you have to choose from 'true or false' AND explain your answer. If it is a multiple-choice question, you just have to choose the 'right' answer (which is usually a letter). Let me give you a sociological question in all these incarnations:

    Q. Families are the basic primary and most intimate group in society. True or False?
    Answer: True

    Q. Families are the basic primary and most intimate group in society. True or False? Explain your answer.
    Answer. True. Families are the most basic because they are the 'building blocks' that constitute society. They are intimate because all members of the group - parents and children' know each other and depend and care for each other at a very personal and vested level.

    Q. Families are the basic primary and most intimate group in society. Why?
    a) Because they are the building blocks of society.
    b) Because they are the first caretakers of individuals as children and they first learn of culture and society in the family.
    c) Because the family provides the framework and support that allows for socialization.
    d) All of the above.
    Answer. d

    I hope that this has answered your query. If you still feel you need explanation regarding the information provided here, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

    OTA 105878/Xenia Jones


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