• Set I Hot Potatoes Texts

    TO PREPARE, PLEASE READ THESE TEXTS:

    1.One indication that the thief came in through the window is that there is a footprint nearby.

    2.What points most to inflation is how the prices of oil and food have increased more than interest rates.

    3. There is no credible evidence to support the claim that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials, since the plausibilty of UFOs has been researched by independent analysts who have, for example, demonstrated that images which seem to depict alien spacecraft are either fakes or simply photographs of weather balloons, birds or small privately owned airplanes.

    4. In the last decade or so, policy makers have stopped thinking of pollution as a national problem that stops at geographical borders, and as the international effects of trash washed up on beaches show, the problem of pollutants cannot be solved by individual countries. Hence, every country has sufficient cause holding strong opinions concerning the environmental policies and practices of its neighbors.

    5. The reason that movie producers have become concerned with the increase in DVD sales is that they have become aware that money spent on DVD rentals results in a roughly equivalent amount of money not spent at the cinema. The reason for this is that the percentage of income a family allocates to its leisure time has stayed the same–about twelve percent–over the past two decades. Rather than expanding this percentage, the popularization of entertainment in new formats only draws consumer spending away from ones already existing.

    6. Last year I read Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness after ordering the book through Amazon.com. For a while, Amazon had been displaying advertisements recommending a DVD titled Swept from the Sea, which never having heard of, I ignored. My curiosity finally made me click on it to see what it was about. I became more interested after I learned that the movie was based on a story titled Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. Since books are almost always better than movie adaptations, I decided to read the story instead. I had high hopes. Unfortunately, this story did not work for me. I felt that I was never allowed to meet the main character face to face. It felt more like an outline of a story that was never fully developed. I think that this was mostly the result of the way the story was told—by a narrator to whom was told. Rather than getting into the main characters’ heads directly, this is a second-hand account of what someone thought that another person might have been thinking. Since I never really connected with the characters, I did not find the story to be engaging or memorable.

    7. It is our position that if, like private school children, public school children participate in a computerized reading program, they too can become good readers. We know that computerized reading programs are a significant factor behind the reading abilities of private school students. Furthermore, we have noticed that children in the first three grades who attend private schools typically spend time each day working with a computerized reading program. Unfortunately, public schools are lacking in such programs; and, supporting our claim, are tests proving that, compared to private-school children, public-school children’s reading skills are much weaker.

    8. Since DNA evidence, which became available in the 1990s, overturned so many criminal convictions, it has become clear that even the best eyewitness testimony is only what the witness believes happened and may not tell what actually happened. It is clear then that we must seriously question just how reliable is eyewitness testimony really is. Memory is not perfect and it loses clarity over time. The rate at which the accuracy of eyewitness memory declines is swift, and the drop-off is sharp. There are several reasons for this. Due to age, health, personal bias and expectations, viewing conditions, later discussions with other witnesses, and stress or shock, we often do not recall events things accurately. For these reasons, it is not unreasonable to argue that our court system should rethink the use of eyewitness testimony. Despite studies proving that about 33% of the eyewitnesses are mistaken, in the U.S. alone, more than 75,000 criminal suspects are identified by eyewitnesses, annually. Of 273 people who were later freed from prisons after DNA evidence proved they were innocent, mistaken eyewitnesses helped convict 75% of them.