I was given the following cloze passage with 9 questions. Blanks 3, 6, 7 and 8 have [requirements in brackets] that must be followed when answering. I have filled in my own answers in bold.

While all other blanks were marked correct, I was marked as incorrect for blank 3. Is いつ a valid answer? Why or why not?

僕の名前は宇良和輝。17歳で、仕事は (1) 日本の大切な文化を守る人の 一つとして有名な相撲。(2)上手になる ために (3) いつ [Wh-Question] も一生懸命に頑張っています。毎日 (4) 練習して ばかりで疲れてしまいますが、(5)睡眠 さえ 取れ ば、すぐ元気になります。怖い先輩もいて、(6)しかられ [Passive] たり、(7)お茶をいれさせられ [Causative-Passive] たりして、いやになるときもありますが、新しい友達もでき、一緒に (8)助け [to help] 合っています。大変ですが、相撲の (9)大変さ はやった人にしかわからないと思います。僕はがんばりますよ、横綱になるまでは。

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    Perhaps because you filled a wh-word instead of wh-question? And is it true that your answer #1 was marked correct? Apr 27 '17 at 9:00
  • Yes it was... do you think it is unnatural?
    – rhyaeris
    Apr 27 '17 at 13:32
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    I think (1) is incorrect and (3) is correct. My answer for (1) is 「日本の大切な文化を守る(伝統的)スポーツの」
    – mackygoo
    Apr 27 '17 at 15:07
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    @rhyaeris As mackygoo said, 相撲 isn't a 人 but a sport. Apr 28 '17 at 3:25
  • @broccoliforest also 「守る人の一*つ*」is off, it would be 一人 Jun 29 '17 at 22:19

Yes, I do believe いつ there is a correct/valid answer. いつ meaning a WH-Question for "when" would fit here as in いつも (always)

Perhaps however, this was not the expected answer. Perhaps it was 「だれ」meaning here everyone is doing their best.

  • つまり「上手になるためにだれも一生懸命に頑張っています」になる、ってことですかね・・・?
    – Chocolate
    Dec 6 '17 at 2:34

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