Chicago World Studies CASE Questions

K-12 Testing

Students are instructed to "choose the one answer you think is better than the others."


4. Economic systems determine which one of the following?
A. what trade should take place
B. food and language
C. how much goods are worth
D. which people should be employed in certain jobs


29. Which of the following describes the economic system in MOST African nations today?
A. The government encourages villagers to produce enough for their own needs.
B. The government controls many aspects of business with limited private investment.
C. The government gets financial support from Western Europe to develop industry and agriculture.
D. The government controls most of the land for farming.


We do not have the wanted answers and leave it to the reader to figure them out.


As often happens with multiple-choice tests, the questions appear in thoroughly random fashion on this exam. Thus, questions 5-12 jump from Huns' and Barbarians' influence on the Roman empire, to South African apartheid, the Enlightenment, imperialism, differentiating among economic systems, Africa's coastline, the European Renaissance, and then the distinction between primary and secondary sources. Similar randomness, as well as incessant reduction of complex issues to factoids and definitions pervades the exams published by Substance. Teaching to these tests can only lead to one-sided over-emphasis on memorization and guarantee that most students do not learn to think in the subject areas and that many will be completely turned off to academic learning.