Students see many multiple choice questions during training and assessments. Membean tests word nuance, and sometimes there are even multiple answers to a question that are somewhat correct.  There will always be only one best choice that answers the question in the most accurate way.  Think hard about each question before answering and make sure you have selected the best answer.

When a question is answered incorrectly during training, you should be sure to spend at least 30-60 seconds relearning the word and looking for a nuance that was not discovered before.


Here is an example of a question that could have three possible answers, but only one best answer:

What is hyperbole?

a.  A way of saying that things are better than they really are.

b.  An ad campaign that seeks to persuade.

c.  A deliberate untruth.

A: Correct.  When you say that something is "more impressive than it actually is, that is "a way of saying things are better than they really are."  For instance, you could say that you have the "greatest blonde hair in the entire world;" that would be hyperbole.


The other two answers might be examples of hyperbole, but also might not be:


B: All ad campaigns seek to persuade, but all don't necessarily greatly exaggerate.  "Come to our conference; you won't regret it." "Dove soap cleans well."  "Don't mess with Texas."  All ads, but not hyperbole.

C: A "deliberate untruth" is simply telling a premeditated or carefully considered lie.  Let's say that you've learned that a potential employer prefers blondes over brunettes.  You decide ahead of time that you're going to lie about your hair color, and if you get a face-to-face interview in the future, you'll simply change your hair color by dyeing it.  Saying that you have a different hair color than you really do is not hyperbole, it's simply an untruth.  

Again, choose the most likely answer to the questions, not the "it might be this" answers--don't read too much into the answer.  There will be one and only one best answer!