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# Clarification of comprehension question

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20 Jan 2018, 03:02
Hi everyone
Seeking views on a comprehension question:
“A business man had just turned off the lights in the store when a man appeared and demanded money. The owner opened a cash register. The contents of the cash register were scooped up and the man sped away. A member of the police force was notified promptly.”

Question (answer True; False; or Uncertain/insufficient information):
The following events were included in the story: someone demanded money, a cash register was opened, its contents were scooped out, and a man dashed out of the store.

My answer was false, as the passage doesn’t include the content of the man dashed out of the store.

The official answer is ‘uncertain’, as “We don’t know if the man dashed, walked, or rolled out of the store. We only know that he sped away.”
I disagree, as clearly the question asks if the events were included (that event wasn’t included, therefore false).

Keen for your thoughts and explanation as to why the official answer would be correct?

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21 Jan 2018, 20:08
[quote="L77777"]Hi everyone
Seeking views on a comprehension question:
“A business man had just turned off the lights in the store when a man appeared and demanded money. The owner opened a cash register. The contents of the cash register were scooped up and the man sped away. A member of the police force was notified promptly.”

Question (answer True; False; or Uncertain/insufficient information):
The following events were included in the story: someone demanded money, a cash register was opened, its contents were scooped out, and a man dashed out of the store.

My answer was false, as the passage doesn’t include the content of the man dashed out of the store.

The official answer is ‘uncertain’, as “We don’t know if the man dashed, walked, or rolled out of the store. We only know that he sped away.”
I disagree, as clearly the question asks if the events were included (that event wasn’t included, therefore false).

Keen for your thoughts and explanation as to why the official answer would be correct?

Question askes whether we can infer if the man was able to dash out of the door
Sped away can mean he rushed to the door or he sped away =rushed to walk out of the door ( was able to reach the door but couldnt get away)

Because sped away can mean either he was able to get away or was not able to get away
It does not necessarily be false
Re: Clarification of comprehension question   [#permalink] 21 Jan 2018, 20:08
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