We are so, so sick of Specialist Mathematics. But, it’s gotta be done.
A couple of blog readers have emailed and suggested that we have given insufficient time to the question below, from 2022 Specialist Exam 1. They are absolutely correct.
To state it as clearly as is humanly possible, the third sentence in part (b) is not ambiguous. The sentence is a clear statement of fact and students have every right, and arguably a responsibility, to answer the question on the basis of the plain meaning of the statement. Any argued implausibility in reference to the question stem is entirely irrelevant.