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Recognizing a Problem Practice Exercises

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Updated on Sep 19, 2011

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Recognizing a Problem Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise

Three problems arise at work simultaneously. In what order do you solve the following?

             a. The printer in your office is down.

             b. You need to finish writing a report to meet a 3:00 p.m. deadline.

             c. Documents must be dropped off at the post office by 5:00 p.m.

Answer

The most sensible order is a, b, c. You can't print the report without the printer, so it must be fixed first, and if a repair person must be called, this task could take the most time of the three. Then, write the report. When you're finished, print the documents, or if necessary copy them on disk and take it to a printer off-site, and then take the printed material to the post office.

Practice Exercise

You invited friends over for pizza and a movie. Before they arrive, you preheat your oven to keep the pizzas warm and put the movie in the DVD player to fast forward through all of the coming attractions and advertisements. However, the DVD is damaged and will not play. As you head out to exchange the tape, you smell gas coming from the kitchen. What should you do?

Answer

A natural gas leak is a severe problem and must be dealt with first. You should turn off the oven immediately, air out the room, and take great care not to light any matches. Then you should call the apartment superintendent to report the leak so he can check out the oven. The other problems aren't severe. You can call your friends to have them wait until the apartment is safely aired out, if the problem can be fixed quickly, and then choose another movie to watch. If the gas leak can't be fixed quickly, you can get out of the apartment and change the get-together until another day.

Practice Exercise

Which, if any, of these problems is severe?

  1. Leo's baby has had the sniffles for several days, but she doesn't seem to have a fever
  2. Erin discovers a hole in her favorite shirt, which she wants to wear that day to start at her new job.
  3. Will's rent is two months past due, and he doesn't have enough money to pay it.
  4. The bus company is on strike, and Sandy has an important interview at 3:00 p.m.

Answer

Choice c is the most severe: Will might lose his home. If he calls the landlord immediately to explain and make arrangements, he could ward off eviction, or he could get a roommate to share expenses, using that person's first payment to help hold off the landlord. Choice a might become severe if a fever starts, but it is not necessary to take a baby to a doctor for every sneeze and sniffle. Choices b and d aren't severe: Erin can choose another shirt, and Sandy can find some other way to travel—walk, drive, ask a friend for a ride, or call a taxi.

Practice Exercise

Rank these issues in order of importance to you, from most important (1) to least important (5).

the economy, global warming, universal healthcare, crime, education

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