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How Would You Define Family In This Multiple Choice Test Question?

A question in a high school health test paper has provoked controversy on social media for the definition of family it provides.

Will Saletan posted a picture of his son’s test paper on Twitter, including the five answer options, according to Inquisitr.

“My son was marked down 5 percent on a high school health test because he chose this 'incorrect' definition of family,” Saletan wrote.

Saletan’s son selected the answer “a collection of related-by-blood individuals living together.”

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The school determined the correct answer to be “a collection of individuals who care for and about each other.” Other incorrect answers were “Should be two parents, children and perhaps some extended members living together,” “Should have two working adults to provide food and shelter to its members,” and “Should provide the wants and needs of its younger members.”

One comment in response to the picture pointed out that parents are not blood related, while another noted that children who are part of a family can be too young to be capable of caring for others, The Blaze reported.

Considered alongside several dictionary definitions of family,it became clear that none of the five answers were adequate.

The Mariam-Webster dictionary defines family as “a group of people who are related to each other,” and the Cambridge Dictionary describes it as “a social group of parents, children, and sometimes grandparents, uncles, aunts and others who are related,” according to Inquisitr.

Other definitions are “a group of people who are closely related to one another, by blood, marriage or adoption,” (Wictionary), or “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not,” (

There are no reports on whether the student’s father has taken the issue any further or if the school has responded.

Sources: Inquisitr, The Blaze/ photo credit: Inquisitr


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