I found the application question to be tricky. Even if you got the answer wrong, how did you decide which answer you felt was correct. I could easily eliminate two answers, but I had difficulty with the other two. Finally, I choose the answer based on the main idea of the article. How about you?
回答その１: BEDTIME: Application question
Many thanks for the comments on the article. Rather than providing the direct answer, we try to develop the "Applying the Information" question to test comprehension.
As you have rightly pointed out, this question sometimes has an indirect/tricky answer. In this article, the question was about the advantage of the Lifeline medical-alert pendant. As correctly approached by you, options Ｘ and 〇 can be eliminated immediately.
The Reading Text mentions that the pendant is useful for "monitoring" a patient's condition (by doctors) and finding/identifying the health problem. Thus, it helps doctors to be in touch with patients and quickly know what's wrong, but it is not something that helps in the actual treatment of the disease/health condition (which will come later). Therefore, the correct answer would be 〇 and not Ｘ.
Please let us know if this explanation helps clear the ambiguity. We look forward to more queries on the forum!
質問その２: Question! 2015 June 05 population decline
I just finished the Intermediate level article "Confronting urban population decline". Q2 What is a must for small cities to avoid population shift? I don't want to discuss the correct answer here however I want to know why the correct answer is # △ and the rest is wrong.
Thank you so much.
回答その２: Question! 2015 June 05 population decline
The key word is "must". In this context "must" means absolutely necessary. Therefore, answers △ and ◆ are wrong."Lack of education" means not having enough education. This is a bad thing. Therefore since # 〇 is wrong, # △ "all of the above" is also wrong.
I think #◆ and # △ are both possible, However, # △ is the better answer. A proper tax structure is necessary to keep small and medium-sized companies in the city. However, a proper tax structure will not be enough if adequate housing is not available. This is repeated at least twice and is one of the main ideas of the article.