QUESTION TEXT: A university professor researching sleep…
QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- A professor was sleep deprived when lecturing.
- She felt very tired and ineffective.
- The students didn’t notice the difference.
ANALYSIS: We often notice small changes in ourselves far more than outsiders do. That’s the moral here.
There’s not really anything more to this question. Your job on a question like this is just to condense the stimulus down to a more manageable form, like I’ve done above.
- CORRECT. This answer uses fancy words. Don’t skip over answers without trying to understand hard words from context. Start with words you know, and use them to deduce the meaning of other words.
This answer just means: Sleep deprivation makes you feel different, but others hardly notice a change.
- This isn’t true. It’s possible the students had the more accurate view. The professor felt very different, but she may not actually have been very different.
- We don’t know if the differences in the professor’s behavior were typical of all professors, and we don’t know how this compares to other professions.
- This doesn’t matter. The stimulus was only talking about occasional sleep deprivation (when the professor worked in the lab all night).
- Actually, we don’t know. The students say they saw few effects, but we have no idea if their testimony is accurate or not.
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