What is Risk?Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
There was once a college that offered a class on probability applied to the real world.
The class was relatively easy, but there was a catch. There were no homework assignments or tests, but there was a final exam that would have only one question on it.
When everyone received the test it was a blank sheet of paper with a solitary question on it: "What is risk?"
Most students were able to pass, but only one student received 100% for the class! Even stranger was that he only wrote down one word!
What did he write?
HintWhat the student wrote showed the professor that he had a good understanding of the material, thus the A.
AnswerThe brilliant student wrote down:
And handed in the paper.
By doing this, the student demonstrated that he understood that having your grade based on one exam is risky.
Plus, putting just one word on such an important exam and hoping the professor understands what he means is risky in and of itself!
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