Just took my Unit 2 test. After I pressed submit, it showed I missed one question. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I went back to my course materials to see why I missed it and to discover the correct
answer as given on my test grade.
Question # 28:
If a negative is very flat, the probable cause is:
c) Matte film.
d) An overused film iron.
I chose b) Overexposure.
The test said I got it wrong and stated:X
28) If a negative is very flat, the probable cause is:
A : A flat negative is most often caused by underexposure, although underdevelopment may contribute to a flat negative as well.You Answered: B Correct Answer: A
On page 23 of Developing Black and White Film
, it clearly states:
Compare this negative with the "normal" negative. Observe how the brightest highlight areas are no longer almost black, but a much lighter gray.
The resulting print has weak, overall gray tones, with no deep blacks and no brilliant whites. What made this negative flat?
Since the subject and lighting permitted high contrast, we must look elsewhere.Gross overexposure
is a possible cause. If the exposure was probably correct, then underdevelopment
may be the cause.
And on page 24, the second set of images: Normal Exposure--Underdeveloped: Thin; flat, but with detail throughout.
Also on the same page, the third set of images: Overexposed
--Underdeveloped: Flat, but with full detail.
I did call the school and spoke with an advisor (whom I did not recognize). She at first said I probably didn't answer the question. I stated that I did. Then I further explained that the answer that the Test states is correct is in fact not correct
and I told the advisor which page it can be found in the text. She said, "will it change your grade to have your test corrected?" I said, "No, (I will still have an A+, but a 98%) but it's the Principal
that matters." She asked "what would you like me to do?" I said, "change my grade". She asked for my student number and said it will be changed.
What is more important here is this: The test really needs to be reviewed and fix the "glitch" that marked a correct answer incorrect and gave an incorrect answer as the correct answer.
Yeah, I may be picky, (if I didn't say anything, I'd still have an A+) but we are here to learn and in every Unit, the request by our Dean is this: If you find any errors, please don't hesitate to bring them to our attention. And I did. And
.....I'm moving on to Unit 3, sending in my photo assignments today for Unit 2.
Boy, does that ever feel Good!