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Practice Close reading

Practice Close reading - we contemplate being hung out to...

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Professor Hand Expos Spring 2012 Practice for the Close Reading Assignment Text: Text: Daniel Gilbert, “Immune to Reality,” in Stumbling on Happiness . To my knowledge, no one has ever done a systematic study of people who’ve been left standing at the altar by a cold-footed fiancé. But I’m willing to bet a good bottle of wine that if you rounded up a healthy sample of almost-brides and nearly-grooms and asked them whether they would describe the incident as “the worst thing that ever happened to me” or “the best thing that ever happened to me,” more would endorse the latter description than the former. And I’ll bet an entire case of that wine that if you found a sample of people who’d never been through this experience and asked them to predict which of all their possible future experiences they are most likely to look back on as “the best thing that ever happened to me,” not one of them will list “getting jilted.” Like so many things, getting jilted is more painful in prospect and more rosy in retrospect. When
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Unformatted text preview: we contemplate being hung out to dry this way, we naturally generate the most dreadful possible view of the experience; but once we’ve actually been heartbroken and humiliated in front of our family, friends, and florists, our brains begin shopping for a less dreadful view- and as we’ve seen, the human brain is one smart shopper. However, because our brains do their shopping unconsciously, we tend not to realize they will do it at all, hence we blithely assume that the dreadful view we have when we look forward to the event is the dreadful view we’ll have when we look back on it. In short, we do not realize that our views will change because we are normally unaware of the processes that change them (135). 1. read the passage 2. what are some of the problems you had with the reading? 3. What are some issues addressed in the passage? 4. What is the main point of this paragraph? 5. What vocabulary was problematic for you? 6. Write a three –sentence summary of this passage...
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