How do you know how the author identifies?

They could have a male name but identify as a woman or vice versa and I do not want to offend anyone. Is there a way around this?

On this exam, it is safe to assume a male name identifies as a male and a female name identifies as a female. Over the last two decades, as far as I am aware, there have not been any exceptions of this regarding previous R.A. prompts.

With that said, if you’re not sure, you can always just say “the author” or use the author’s last name when referring to him or her.

That is what I figured but I didn’t want to upset the reader by misgendering the author/speaker.

You’re good!

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