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Unit 48 – Geometric Analogies

Difficulty: Medium/hard

Time: 3 minutes

The passage below has been adapted from How To Solve It by George Polya.

 

Analogy is a sort of similarity. Similar objects agree with each other in some respect, analogous objects agree in certain relations of their respective parts.
A rectangular parallelogram is analogous to a rectangular parallelepiped. In fact, the relations between the sides of the parallelogram are similar to those between the faces of the parallelepiped:
Each side of the parallelogram is parallel to just one other side, and is perpendicular to the remaining sides. Each face of the parallelepiped is parallel to just one other face, and is perpendicular to the remaining faces. Let us agree to call a side a “bounding element” of the parallelogram and a face a “bounding element” of the parallelepiped. Then, we may contract the two foregoing statements into one that applies equally to both figures:
Each bounding element is parallel to just one other bounding element and is perpendicular to the remaining bounding elements.
Thus, we have expressed certain relations which are common to the two systems of objects we compared, sides of the rectangle and faces of the rectangular parallelepiped. The analogy of these systems consists in this community of relations.
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Unit 40 – The Zombie Lifestyle

Difficulty: Medium

Time: 4 minutes 30 seconds

The passage below has been adapted from The Zen of Zombie, by Scott Kenemore.

Acceptance and acculturation into society involves the relinquishing of certain freedoms. Nothing new here, right? I benefit from my citizenship, but the laws that protect me also restrain me. The police will prevent my enemies from murdering me, but they will also stop me if I want to murder my enemies. The government provides roads for me to drive on, but I have to pay taxes to build those roads. Many people are surprised to find that this acculturation has extended even into their own minds.
Some examples are obvious. As much as I might hate my enemy, I don’t actually contemplate killing him. I think to myself “killing him is not something I can do” because society has closed it off to me as an option. But in truth, I can by all means kill my enemy. Nothing physically prevents me from ringing his doorbell, and smacking him over the head with his heaviest lawn ornament as soon as he opens the door. Yet my acculturated brain tells me that this would result in my arrest, incarceration and possible execution. Because of it, my brain removes it as a “lived” possibility I can actually pursue. While physically I can pursue it, I have removed that button from the keyboard of my mind. Additionally, humans regularly go so far as to give objects power over them.
Traffic lights. Work superiors. Court-appointed substance-abuse counsellors.
All of these things get an automatic response from us because it saves time and because it’s easier than thinking it through. In some cases we dont even think it through the first time – we assume that if we took the time to reason it through that we’d elect to comply. Before long, we’re taking fifteen minutes out of our way instead of just cutting straight across a lawn because we automatically give a KEEP OFF THE GRASS sign power over us.
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Unit 31 – Dinosaurs and Shakespeare

Difficulty: Hard

Time: 3 minutes

The following dinosaur cartoon is from quantz.com.

 

dinosaurs discuss false documents

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Unit 28 – A Letter to a Friend

Difficulty: Medium

Time: 4 minutes 30 seconds

 

The passage below is an extract from Foster’s Even Odder Irish Oddities, by Allen Foster.

 

The following ingenious letter was published in The Dublin Penny Journal of 7 June 1834, presumably a long time after it had been written. A newlywed young lady, who had to show her husband all the letters she wrote, composed it. She outwitted her husband and sent this letter to a close friend:

I cannot be satisfied, my Dearest friend:
blest as I am in the matrimonial state,
unless I pour into your friendly bosom
which has ever beat in unison with mine,
the various sentiments which swell
with the liveliest emotions of pleasure,
my almost bursting heart. I tell you my dear
husband is the most amiable of men.
I have now been married seven weeks, and
have never found the least reason to
repent the day that joined us. My husband is
both in person and manners far from resembling
ugly, cross, old, disagreeable, and jealous
monsters, who think by confining to secure;
a wife it is his maxim to treat as a
bosom friend, ————— and not as a
play-thing, or menial slave, the woman
of his choice —————- neither party,
he says, should always obey implicitly,
but each yield to the other by turns.
An ancient maiden aunt, near seventy,
a cheerful, venerable, and pleasant old lady
lives in the house with us – she is the de-
light of both young and old; she is ci-
vil to all the neighbourhood round,
generous and charitable to the poor.
I am convinced my husband likes nothing more
than he does me; he flatters me more
than the glass, and his intoxication,
(for so I must call the excess of his love),
often makes me blush for the unworthiness
of its object, and wish I could be more deserving
of the man whose name I bear. To
say all in one word —— and to
crown the whole, ——- my former lover
is now my indulgent husband, my fondness
is returned, and I might have had
a Prince without the felicity I find in
him. Adieu! May you be as blest as I am un-
able to wish that I could be more
happy!
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Unit 1.16 – Blog Comment Spam

It’s not very often you get advertising spam comments as long and reasonably structured as the one below. Rather than just delete it I thought it would be more efficient to make an example of it and use it as material for some more of our beloved sample GAMSAT questions!

 

Difficulty: Medium / Hard

Time: 3 minutes

 

The following is a recent comment made on this blog by web spam expert, Babbette Bhaksian

 

Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page Search Engine Optimisation is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY.
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