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Richard Mills, How Did Don Imus Get a Copy of Your Test?

Shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2001, Don Imus read two reading passages from the test given to New York 3rd graders, the test that determines whether or not kids in New York City go to 4th grade.

Here's passage 1:

Dad and I made our own breakfast We made pancakes. They tasted better than momís. . . .

[Last sentence was about their not telling mom. I didn't get exact wording.]

Choose the best answer:

l.They do not want mom to know they cooked breakfast.

2. They do not want to hurt momís feelings.

3.They burned the pancakes.

4.They want to make pancakes next week.

The second passage was about two kids playing outside when it starts to rain. Both passages were in this stilted, unnatural language.

Half an hour later, Imus read a third passage, one titled How to Make a Clay Pot. This one had more complex structure. Two out of two of his crew guessed the wrong answer to Question 1.

Later, Imus read two more passages, one beginning Kangaroos come in all sizes, the other The Egyptians made statues of sphinxes to honor kings or queens.

NOTE: The Imus radio show is also aired on MSNBC.

— Don Imus
Clear Channel radio station, Burlington, VT



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