kitchen table math, the sequel: If I were a carpenter....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

If I were a carpenter....

An "unfortunate analogy" from the first SAT, administered in 1926.

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5 comments:

Googlemaster said...

I googled the question and found a blog post with the answer. I don't get it.

The sample math questions are much easier.

http://www.erikthered.com/tutor/sat-act-history.html

Michael Weiss said...

I think the idea is that just as being a carpenter is a poor career choice for a person who suffers from epilepsy, similarly being a minister is a poor career choice for a person who suffers from stuttering.

But without even considering the semantic relationship between "epilepsy" and "carpenter", one can solve this problem by thinking about categories. "Epilepsy" and "Stuttering" are both medical conditions; "Carpenter" is a profession. Of the five choices available only "minister" is a profession.

Auntie Ann said...

Simple:

Disability is to person as disability is to person.

Michael Weiss said...

Yes, that was the point of my second paragraph. But also, there is a semantic relationship between the specific disability and the specific kind of person. "Epilepsy is to carpenter as stuttering is to architect" would not have made sense, despite also being of the form "disability is to person as disability is to person".

Anonymous said...

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