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Creative Thinking Exercise Consider the following aspects of Creative Thinking and answer the following questions by trying to find the correct, yet perhaps less obvious answer.

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Major Characteristics of Creative Thinking Fluency—coming up with many possible solutions Originality—creating new and unique solutions Flexibility—considering multiple theories and different perspectives Transference—applying previous knowledge to different situations Elaboration—extending an idea to its natural limits

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Question 1: A couple has nine sons. Each son has a sister. How many children are there in the family?

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Question 1: A couple has nine sons. Each son has a sister. How many children are there in the family? Hint: If everyone is here, each of you has 25 classmates.

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Question 1: Answer: 10—it is the same sister for each of the nine sons. If you said 18, don’t feel bad—many people do. Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: Flexibility Originality

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Question 2: A basket containing 15 ears of corn is set by the woods. A raccoon carries away three ears a day. How many days will it take for the raccoon to empty the basket?

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Question 2: A basket containing 15 ears of corn is set by the woods. A raccoon carries away three ears a day. How many days will it take for the raccoon to empty the basket? Hint: The answer is not five.

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Question 2: Answer: 15—did you forget that the raccoon has two ears? Please don’t hurt me! Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: Fluency Flexibility Originality

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Question 3: A train one mile long traveling 60 miles per hour enters a tunnel one mile long. How long will it take the train to pass through the tunnel? (This is strictly math, actually)

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Question 3: A train one mile long traveling 60 miles per hour enters a tunnel one mile long. How long will it take the train to pass through the tunnel? Hint: 60 miles per hour equals one mile per minute, but don’t let this fool you.

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Question 3: Answer: 2 minutes. The entire train has to pass through the tunnel, not just the front. If you said one minute, at least you did the math right Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: Transfer Elaboration Flexibility

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Question 4: A man has one brother and one sister. All three children have the same parents. The man says he is related to neither of the other two. What is he?

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Question 4: A man has one brother and one sister. All three children have the same parents. The man says he is related to neither of the other two. What is he? Hint: Adoptees are considered to have the same parents. Think creatively.

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Question 4: Answer: A liar. I would also accept insane. Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: Flexibility Originality Fluency

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Question 5: Which is correct? Eight and seven ARE fourteen. Eight and seven IS fourteen.

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Question 5: Which is correct? Eight and seven ARE fourteen. Eight and seven IS fourteen. Hint: Don’t let yourself be distracted.

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Question 5: Answer: Neither = 15 Math is really at the root of everything. Which is correct? Eight and seven ARE fifteen. Eight and seven IS fifteen. Critical/Creative Thinking Skills: Flexibility Transfer

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How does this apply to the Research Paper? Fluency—actively developing concepts to research Originality—creating your own search parameters rather than relying on sources Flexibility—considering multiple approaches to the issue and being able to question your own Transference—applying skills from other disciplines into your research process Elaboration—explaining your points fully with evidence to completely and convincingly support your thesis and supporting points

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