Testing: Improving the Tools

In which of the following centuries was the piece of sculpture shown above most probably produced?

(A) The fifth century B.C. (B) The fourteenth century A.D. (C) The sixteenth century A.D. (D) The eighteenth century A.D. (E) The twentieth century A.D.

Picking the right answer* to this question forces a student to recognize and choose among the idealized forms of ancient Greece, the saintly statues of medieval Christianity, the heroic proportions of a Michelangelo, the classical revival, and the textured boldness of contemporary art. No longer do multiple-choice tests offer nonsensical or mildly deceptive wrong answers, or reward fact fanciers with...

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