Here is a holiday Statement Analysis Quiz:
When someone is asked, "What happened?" the key to solving the mystery is when the subject moves away from "what" happened, and begins to explain "why" something happened.
This is the critical high point of analysis in a "what happened?" case.
It shows that the subject has the need to explain why he did something, actually anticipating being asked "well, why did you...?" in the questioning.
This is why we highlight:
"so, since, therefore, because, hence..." and so on, with the highest level of sensitivity in analytical work.
When you find a word, any word, that is like, "because" or "so" that explains why someone did something, grab it. It is your key.
When the garbage man was accused of breaking into the Smith home and stealing their goods he said,
"I went to the home to pick up the garbage."
Why would he feel the need to tell us why he went to the home, since he is a garbage man and that should be the only reason he goes there?
You will find that by simply highlighting the reason why someone did something will lead you to understand what happened.
Here is a bit of a tricky one. Sometimes, an analysis can miss the word because it is not one usually used.
"Be careful; it's my heart" is from "Holiday Inn" starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
Think of the phrase, "be careful; it's my heart."
What does Statement Analysis do with this sentence?
Explain your answer.
If you have not watched "Holiday Inn", subtract 10 points from your total, give yourself a good talking to, and retake the quiz.
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