Increased Awareness Practice Exercises (page 2)

Updated on Sep 19, 2011

Practice Exercise

You are asked to bring corn-on-the-cob to a friend's cookout. When you get to the store, you find that they have no corn. You try two other supermarkets, but they have no corn either. What pieces of information can help you create a context for this problem?

  1. you heard a news story about a virus that attacks corn
  2. your local supermarket is understaffed
  3. you saw farmers spraying their corn crops
  4. your friend does not like to cook


The most likely answers are 1 and 3; the local corn crop might have been infested. An understaffed grocery store couldn't affect the corn supply, nor could your friend's dislike of cooking. How could you solve the problem? Take frozen corn-on-the-cob to the party!

Practice Exercise

You are trying to decide which college to attend, and are visiting the three schools on your list of possibilities. You arrange an interview at each school with the admissions department. What things can you do to most thoroughly investigate the colleges? (circle all that apply)

  1. Write a list of questions for the interviews covering anything you did not learn about in the school's brochure and website.
  2. Ask to sit in on a class required in your chosen major.
  3. Tell the interviewer about your extracurricular activities.
  4. Eat lunch in the student dining hall.
  5. Pick up a recent copy of the school newspaper.


Only c is incorrect. All of the other ideas will help you to be thorough and get the most information from your visits.

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