NJ ASK Science Question

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  1. AlwaysAttend

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    Currently wondering if I'm crazy or misunderstanding a very simple question. When reviewing an old released 4th Grade NJ ASK question, still posted on the state website, I found this question. It stars with New Moon, then Waxing Cresent, Then First Quarter, Next should be Waxing Gibbous. That is not one of the answer choices... Am I missing something super basic due to lack of sleep and a little frustration mixed in?

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    The next step in the sequence SHOULD be gibbous, yes - but a classic principle of wrangling multiple choice questions is that if the best answer isn't available, one settles for the best available answer. Crescent of either sort is stupid; new moon is stupid; that leaves full moon, which does indeed follow waxing crescent more nearly than anything else does.
     
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    Oh, and please don't post multiple threads on the same topic at the same time in different forums. That's against longstanding A to Z policy; the site owner's rationale is that having a discussion in multiple places tends to dilute the discussion, and I agree. Like most forum veterans, I don't check for new threads or posts forum by forum: I use one of the Recent Posts links toward the top of the page to bring up a list of threads in which someone has done something since the last time I logged in/refreshed the Recent Posts link. Then I go through the boldfaced threads from earliest to latest. Worse luck for both of us, the system software served up your earlier post on page 2 and your later one on page 1, or I would simply have merged them. I'm going to go close your other thread.

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  5. czacza

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    Yes go with full moon. With the adoption of NextGen standards you will gradually start to see less of these type questions.
     

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