The instructions for the test say to read everything. They say nothing about picking and choosing what instructions to do first. You do them in order.
You don't do them in order, you read them in order. If the last instruction happens to tell you to ignore all previous instructions, or to undo them if they were already done, that pretty much nullifies the argument.
Instruction 20 gets done last. It just so happens that instructions 1-19 contradict 20. Even if given a choice between what instruction to do first, you should still do 1-19, because that way you satisfy 95% of the commands, rather than 5%.
But it just so happens that it's that last 5% that counts
The test teaches completely ass-backwards lessons to students. The lessons students learn from the tests are:
1) The teacher can always find ways to take points off.
2) When given contradicting sets of directions, follow the one that results in the least work for you
3) Don't do instructions in order
4) School is about figuring out tricks on tests, not about learning things.
1. That's useful if you want to get a good grade. Some teachers are mean like that.
2. Actually, that's useful if you want to keep a level head. C'est la vie!
3. That's not the point of the test. The point was to read
the instructions before
doing anything. I doubt this was a real test.
4. So you're saying that children will learn a stereotype just by following one example? Sheesh.